Assuming that you recently got your hands on a VPN, congratulations! You can now sit back and relax without having to worry about your personal data being at risk. You are now an anonymous internet user.
That being said, there’s still a couple of things that may be putting your personal information at risk. Even if you’ve got one of the best VPN services out there, this is still the case. Fortunately, there are ways to “fill in” these loopholes which are responsible for this.
Today, we are going to be discussing the “WebRTC Leak”, how you are able to find out if you’ve been affected by it, and how you’re able to fill in the loopholes. By the end of this article you will be able to enjoy being completely anonymous on the internet.
What an IP Address Is
Let’s take a step back for a moment. Your IP address is a series of numbers which are assigned to your router and in most cases, your ISP handles it. When accessing a website, your IP address is among the details which the website will be shown. On top of this, an IP address can be used to find out a range of information about a website visitor.
Now, this is where a VPN comes in. Not everyone is comfortable with their internet activity being watched and so they choose to look into using a VPN. By using a VPN, you are able to hide your actual IP address and have another one “mask” it. Whilst using a VPN, your data will go through an alternate connection and thus, your privacy is ensured.
Now to the IP leak. An IP leak is when an unauthorised party is able to get your data and gain access to it through your connection. Not only that, but even if you are using a VPN, your actual IP address can be obtained.
In this case, we are referring to the WebRTC protocol. This is a protocol which allows for websites to bypass your VPN and get your actual IP address. All in all, this isn’t a good thing for VPN users, or anyone for that matter.
How to Test if There Is a WebRTC Leak
Follow the steps which we’ve provided below to find out whether or not you have a WebRTC.
Step #1 – Head over to Google, and enter the search term “What’s my IP address”. Write down the IP address which you are shown.
Note: it should be formatted as such: 188.8.131.52.
Step #2 – Now, turn on your VPN and wait a moment for it to connect. Once it’s connected, head over to IPLeak.com.
Step #3 – This website will display a variety of information regarding your internet connection. The two details which we are looking for are “Your IP Address” as well as “Your IP Address – WebRTC detection”.
Step #4 – When you find these two details, take note of what they both are. These are your test results.
After following the steps, you now have your results. It’s time for you to find out what those results mean.
What the WebRTC Test Results Mean
– If the IP addresses which are shown are the same IP of your VPN server, then the actual IP address of your connection is not fallen victim to the WebRTC leak.
– If the IP addresses which have been shown are your legitimate IP address, then there is an issue with your VPN or how you have it configured.
– If the first IP address which is shown is the VPN’s IP address, although the second IP address is your legitimate IP address, then there is a WebRTC leak and we have to fix it.
– If this test has shown you that you have a WebRTC leak, don’t worry. Follow the guides below in order to fix it.
How to Fix a WebRTC Leak with Google Chrome
In order for you to fill in this loophole using Google Chrome, simply head over to the Chrome Web Store and download the addon which is called “WebRTC Network Limiter”. Once it’s installed you’ll be able to alter the privacy settings accordingly and ultimately, secure your data.
How to Fix a WebRTC Leak with Mozilla Firefox
If you’re a Mozilla Firefox user, simply enter “about:config” into the browsers address bar at the top of the display. A lot of information will then be shown to you. Simply find the entry titled “media.peerconnection.enabled” and if it is turned on, double-click this entry. This will turn it off. If you want to take an extra step to be even more secure, clear your browsers cache afterwards.