Press Release (ePRNews.com) - HONG KONG - Mar 13, 2019 - Many people rely on Virtual Private Networks (aka VPNs) for security, but that’s not all they’re useful for. These tools are also popular due to their ability to mask a user’s real IP address, giving them full privacy and accessibility as they browse the web.
However, a user’s original IP address can sometimes be exposed for the online world to see – despite being connected to the VPN. As a result, their actual identity and location doesn’t remain much of a secret any longer.
What are IP Leaks?
In simple terms, an IP leak is when a user’s non-VPN IP address shows while using a VPN. This essentially makes way for ISPs, governments, advertisers, as well as companies to keep an eye on their Internet traffic. That’s why it’s important for privacy-conscious users to check their VPN for IP leaks before engaging in the online activities they want to hide.
Here’s How to Check for IP Leaks
To make things easier, PureVPN – a trusted VPN provider with 3 million active users – has outlined the steps for identifying IP leaks. Here’s how to do it:
Step #1: Check IP Address without VPN
Visit an IP lookup tool such as What is my IP to check the ISP-allocated IP address. For this step, make sure the VPN is disconnected.
Step #2: Connect to the VPN
Choose the preferred server location, and hit connect. Wait a few seconds for the VPN connection to be established.
Step #3: Check IP Address with VPN
Go to What is my IP again to check the VPN-assigned IP address – it should correspond with the selected country.
Step #4: Take an IP Leak Test
For a more detailed picture, there are many free tools online that allow users to check if their IP address is leaking.