People around the world use VPN to achieve privacy, security and encrypted information exchange. They use VPN to mask their real IP address for the desired purpose. These are the few basic principles users want and expect from VPN while using it. But you could have not even imagined that, though you are using VPN, your real IP could be leaked. This is possible because there exists a flaw in the web browsers. But still it is not the flaw. Confused? Let’s see in detail.
Let’s take the scenario. You are connected to VPN to access the geo based restricted content from your country. But still if you are getting the error message that this content is not available in your country. It means that your Real IP address is been leaked and you are unable to access the content, though you are connected via VPN.
How IP leak occur
A program called WebRTC (Web Real Time Communication) exists in most web browsers like Chrome, Mozilla, Opera, etc. and the WebRTC is a flaw in web browsers which leak your real IP address.
But actually WebRTC is not a flaw. WebRTC allows computers to communicate in real time among browser-to-browser application such as video calling, voice chat, etc over the internet. Hence, it is not a flaw, but it can leak the VPN users real IP address and it is a bad cause for the VPN users.
How to check if your IP is leaking
If you are using the VPN service than here is the way you can check if your IP is getting leaked. Some of you could be confident enough to say that your IP is not been leaked. Let’s check it out.
- First, stop VPN if you are currently connected to internet via VPN
- Open browser and navigate to IPLeak
- You will get few results. You can note it down or you can take screenshot for the same.
- Again navigate to IPLeak
- Now, these results should be totally different from the previous results that you noted or took screenshot of
- If the results are matching than your browser is leaking your real IP address
Bothered about IP leak? Don’t worry here is the fix for it and its easy.
How to patch/fix the IP leak
There is no long way to fix it and there is no need to report the VPN provider to fix that issue and wait until they take any action. Meanwhile, Internet explorer, Safari does not support WebRTC, so switching a browser is the one way to avoid IP leak. You can easily check for WebRTC support on your browsers from WebRTC Test for browsers.
Suppose, you don’t want to switch the browser from Firefox, Chrome or Opera than here is the way on how to fix it on these browsers.
To disable WebRTC on firefox, download and install the Disable WebRTC add-on in firefox. This add-on will disable the WebRTC interface in firefox.
If you are not good to install the add-on than you can also do it manually. Type about:config in URL -> search for media.peerconnection.enabled -> Set it to false by double clicking on the found results.
Chrome or Opera
Download and install the ScriptSafe extension from the Chrome store, which will disable the WebRTC in chrome. In Opera also you can install the same extension but it is quite complex.
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