IP Leak

What is an IP Leak?

An IP leak occurs when your actual IP address becomes visible despite using a VPN to conceal it. Normally, a VPN masks your real IP by concealing it with the server's IP address you're connected to, protecting your online anonymity. However, if issues like incorrect VPN configurations, device malfunctions, or browser glitches occur, your true IP might still be revealed even while using a VPN.

Types of IP Leak

1. DNS Leak: DNS leak occurs when your VPN fails to hide your DNS queries, leaving your DNS requests and actual IP address visible to ISPs.

2. WebRTC Leak: WebRTC protocol can sometimes bypass the VPN and reveal your actual IP.

3. Cookie Tracking: Tracking cookies can collect, process and share your personal data including your IP address.

4. IPv6 Leak: Some VPNs don't fully support IPv6 encryption, leading to potential leaks.

Risks Associated with an IP Leak

1. Identity Exposure: Your location and your online activities could become accessible through an exposed IP address.

2. Privacy Breaches: An unmasked IP allows third parties to track and monitor online behavior, possibly increasing targeted advertising.

3. Targeted Cyberattacks: Exposed IPs are vulnerable to specific attacks like DDoS or malware intrusions.

4. ISP Tracking and Restrictions: ISPs may throttle internet speed or limit access based on leaked IPs.

5. Access Limitations: Geographical restrictions on content may apply due to location exposure from leaked IPs.

How to test IP leak?

1. Connect to a reliable VPN service.

2. Use an online IP checker tool while connected.

3. Disconnect from the VPN and check again.

If the results of both IP checker tests are the same, there is an IP leak.

How to fix IP leak?

1. Choose a VPN service with IP leak protection features

2. Activate the Kill Switch feature

3. Use Private DNS


1. What happens if there is an IP leak?

An IP leak can pose significant privacy and security threats. For instance, websites could track your online activities and tailor targeted ads. Additionally, hackers might exploit your IP address to execute DDoS attacks.

2. Should I regularly test for potential leaks?

Absolutely—if maintaining online privacy is crucial for you, employ online services periodically to verify that protective measures are functioning effectively against possible leaks.