How to check if VPN is working?

To check whether your VPN app of choice is working properly or not, several tests need to be carried out. Don’ let the word “test” scare you, these are very simple to carry out and they take only a couple of minutes to complete.

These are the steps that need to be followed:

  1. The first important step will be to note down your IP address. It is important to make sure that your device is not connected to the VPN server. This can be accomplished by clicking here. Once you get the results, note down your IP address.
  2. Next, connect your device to your VPN server and confirm your IP address once more. This time, you should see a different IP address than the one you already noted down during the first step. If you get a different IP address your VPN is functioning correctly.
  3. Additionally, you can also run DNS leak tests as well. 
  4. If you notice that your VPN is not functioning properly, all of your DNS requests will be handled by your internet service provider (ISP). They are able to see exactly which websites you’re visiting.
  5. It is simple to conduct a DNS leak test. Using your browser, go to browserleaks.com, and run the standard test. Once the test is complete, the results should not reveal the name of your ISP.

If everything checks out, then the VPN is working properly.

Testing for VPN leaks

To test for active VPN leaks, you simply need to connect to a VPN server and then visit the test site. This test is usually conducted to confirm how the VPN performs when the VPN connection is active and stable. It is possible to simulate different types of interruptions to check if the VPN is working, and if the network connectivity keeps dropping or if it is stable. This can be done through:

  1. Connecting to a VPN server and opening ipleak.net on your browser.
  2. Manually interrupting your internet connection. Disconnect your internet connection while the VPN server is still running.
  3. Loading several different test websites while the VPN server is still trying to reconnect. This test is important to identify brief reconnection leaks.

The most common problem is the fact that numerous VPN servers are IPv6 leaks, and since many of them support IPv6, they usually attempt to block IPv6 from the operating system.

Checking for WebRTC Leaks

  1. If you haven’t yet already, identify your original IP address, you can connect and use the IPLeak website.
  2. The next step is to connect your device to the VPN server and refresh the webpage. Alternatively, you can visit any dedicated WebRTC testing website. This should reveal two things your new IP address and new location. The results are based on the country you’ve chosen.
  3. Under the ‘Your IP addresses – WebRTC detection’ you should be able to see a private IP. This IP address should be dissimilar from your original public IP address.