Perhaps you have a VPN service to protect yourself online, or you are thinking of using one. Well, before you do you should be aware of one thing. Even with a VPN, there are times when your protection fails. Don’t worry, though, this article will map out clearly, how you can protect yourself 100% of the time, that you are online.
You are likely aware of what a VPN is (Virtual Private Network). A Virtual Network that routes your Internet traffic through other servers to protect you and mask your identity online. As well as this, a VPN can give you security against hackers with encryption, help you to unlock blocked content and get around any extreme government censorship schemes.
However, VPN services are not all the same, and some cracks can appear in the underlying technology that will EXPOSE you.
Peekaboo I See You
Ok so although your VPN will hide you online, give you anonymity and security, there are times when it will fail. How can that be? If you are paying for a service that masks your IP address? Well, there are times when the connection to the VPN drops out, and while this does not happen often, once is enough for you to lose your anonymity and become exposed while browsing. Yes, that is correct only once!
Kind of like someone wearing a mask for a live TV interview. If the mask comes off, even for just a second, their face is revealed and their anonymity lost. It is the same type of thing with your VPN. Any hiccup of the VPN connection will show you location and your IP address, but there is a simple solution to this.
The VPN Kill Switch
The solution is called a VPN kill switch. A kill switch is an ingenious little piece of software that monitors your internet connection and IP address. If the VPN connection fails the VPN kill switch instantly takes over and cuts the connection to the internet. Rendering any potential leaks useless.
To illustrate our point using the same example used earlier except this time we introduce a slight 2-minute delay during our live on-camera interview. Now if anything goes wrong, the mask starts to “slip off” the camera can be turned off preventing the interviewees face from showing up in the broadcast. A VPN kill switch works like this, automatically cutting your internet connection as soon as there is any problem with the VPN.
Always Use Protection!
This VPN kill switch feature is a vital and useful feature; many would say even essential. Just like covering a person’s face from the camera is useless if their face still shows up in the credits, even if just for a second. A single slip renders the whole process of concealing the persons’ identity virtually pointless. It is the same with your Online identity if the kill switch is not there when the connection drops, the mask fades away, and your IP address goes on display for all to see.
If you do not have a VPN kill switch function with your VPN when the connection dies your internet traffic will automatically exit through your ISP, exposing your exact location online. You may not even be aware of this when it happens, and you could be exposed for hours or even days at a time if your VPN service does not automatically reconnect.
So you may be thinking well surely I do not need to worry about my VPN or the one I am looking at using undoubtedly would have this VPN kill switch thing. I mean this is what I am paying for, anonymity and security right? Well, unfortunately, that is not the case, though many VPNs do have this Kill Switch service countless service providers do not.
Don’t Allow the Mask to Slip Without a VPN Kill Switch
You can likely figure out without too much trouble if your VPN has a kill switch incorporated into its client. With LiquidVPN, there is Liquid Lock. Liquid Lock is more than your standard VPN kill switch. It is a complete firewall tuned for your environment.
Liquid Lock can block local traffic when the connection drops, and even allow internet connection to some locations if you prefer. You could use Liquid Lock to enable local traffic outside of the VPN tunnel but still cut off access to the rest of the Internet if the connection dies.