VPN services have become a modern necessity for anyone using the internet that cares about their privacy. A poorly configured VPN can easily be hacked by those with the knowledge and resources.
There are a few things you can do to make your VPN connection more secure. Keeping your data secure and your identity anonymous takes just a bit of knowledge of your own. Of course, using a trustworthy VPN provider is also essential.
If you’re still not sure what a VPN is, why they’ve become necessary, or how one works, please be sure to read our What is a VPN and How Do They Work? article. You may already be in the crosshairs of more snoops and spooks than you can shake a stick at.
At the very least, your online activities are most certainly being monitored and likely recorded by your own ISP (Internet Service Provider) to assist in marketing efforts for themselves and ‘partner companies’ (corporate-speak for anyone willing to pay for your data). In many nations, your ISP is required by law in many instances to keep records of your activities for potential use in litigation.
VPN Connection Security Check for Beginners
Always Use the Correct Protocol
If taking advantage of the protection and security provided by virtual private networks for any length of time, then you probably already know about different protocols providing different levels of security.
Example: PPTP VPN Protocol
A commonly used example, PPTP provides very little security, as its encryption is very easy to break. If attempting to hide your online activities from the government while using PPTP, you may as well not even use a VPN. The initial connection and authentication process can also easily get intercepted. Any data being ‘protected’ by PPTP can then easily be decrypted due to the protocol’s very weak 128-bit encryption.
One benefit to using PPTP is the ease with which it is set up. PPTP also has very fast speeds because of its low encryption overhead. Because of these upsides, there are times when PPTP is the perfect VPN protocol to use.
Balance Security With Speed
With the IPVanish VPN app, you can choose for yourself between the most secure protocols and those providing better streaming speeds. This gives you the flexibility to balance your own security and throughput levels based upon your needs for various tasks online.
If you’d like to learn about the most secure protocols available, and more about the trade-offs between VPN security and throughput speed, then check our article on How to Speed Up a Slow Encrypted VPN Connection for Video Streaming. There are many protocols available, and being familiar with their different capabilities can really give you the edge when securing your data and protecting yourself online.
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If unsure what a VPN is, how it works, or why you really should use one, read this article:
Keep Kill Switch Engaged
In the event that your VPN connection fails, a kill switch will turn internet access off until the VPN service is available once more. This protects you from having your location, identity, and activities exposed to the internet at large in the event of a VPN server power outage or emergency reboot.
IPVanish VPN has many security features in place to prevent their servers from breaking your connection, but there is plenty of wild country between your location and the VPN servers. The IPVanish VPN app will immediately recognize if the connection to their server is broken and protect you from exposure with its built-in kill switch function.
Do not use a VPN without this feature if you value your privacy and security.
How to Stop DNS Leaks
When connected to the internet through one of the IPVanish VPN servers, a DNS server is provided. It can sometimes happen that your default DNS server information can leak through, especially if not using IPVanish VPN. This alone can give the internet at large an idea of who you are.
Test whether your DNS is leaking through by going to DNSLeak.com and pressing the Start button. If you see your VPN provider’s DNS showing, then your DNS is not leaking. If you see your own DNS, sometimes provided by your ISP, then you should contact the VPN service provider you’re using to see if they offer DNS leak protection.
If your current VPN service fails this simple test, then you may want to abandon them for a safe alternative such as IPVanish VPN. IPVanish VPN users have no need to fear DNS leaks, as the apps and top-tier servers provided are the most secure in the industry.
How to Stop IPv6 Leaks
IPv6 is an update to the internet address system put in place because the old system, IPv4, was running out of available addresses. IPv6 allows 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 (that’s over three hundred forty trillion trillion trillion!) unique internet addresses compared to the just slightly over 4 billion addresses available using IPv4.
That no reliable VPN operates within the IPv6 protocol can be a huge problem. IPVanish VPN is working hard at being the first to make full IPv6 compatibility a part of their worldwide securely encrypted VPN network.
You can check for IPv6 leaks at the IPv6Leak.com site. If a leak is detected, then IPv6 can be manually disabled.
Disable IPv6 on Windows
To stop IPv6 leaks on a Windows PC, we’ll need to disable it. The easiest way is to open a command prompt with elevated permissions and disable IPv6 using the netsh command.
This can be done by right-clicking the Command Prompt application and selecting Run as administrator from the contextual menu. While in this elevated command prompt, type
netsh interface teredo set state disabled and hit Enter.
This takes care of an IPv6 leak on a PPTP VPN connection on Windows.
Disable IPV6 on Android
On your Android device, you need to adjust some system settings to disable IPV6.
- head into System Settings.
- Tap on Network & Internet.
- Then tap Mobile Network.
- Enter the Advanced area.
- Look for Access Point Names and tap it.
- Tap your APN.
- Choose APN Protocol.
- Choose IPv4 and Save the changes.
Your Android device should now be limited to using IPv4 addresses.
Enjoy Better Security With IPVanish VPN
The team behind IPVanish VPN are constantly updating their servers and software and adding new security features. Their goal is to protect your privacy by keeping you anonymous, your location unknown, and your activities invisible. Using the right protocol can make all the difference, but only if there is no leak of your information and no collecting of your data. IPVanish VPN protects against both.