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Remote work is here to stay. And given that employees are more spread out than they’ve even been, securing multiple connections is a top priority for many businesses. For security, companies often turn to the best VPNs to help protect sensitive company data and files. But for VPN usage to be effective, employees must check to ensure they work properly. So, continue reading as we explain how to check if a VPN is working.
Those looking for a virtual network service should hop into our guide, which lists the best VPNs for multiple devices.
NordVPN offers a free IP address check tool that anyone can access to check their public IP address.
The unfortunate thing about VPNs is that sometimes they cut out, leaking your real IP address. Thankfully, there are ways to identify that your connection has stopped, and the process is a breeze.
Knowing what information a VPN hides is necessary to understand the importance of a secure VPN connection. VPN providers take all user online activity data and send it to a VPN server. The data is encrypted so that not even internet service providers know what’s being searched, sent, and accessed. Additionally, with a VPN connection, the IP address changes to the server’s location rather than the public network’s location.
Did you know you can switch your IP address without using a VPN to change location? Knowing how to do this is essential because different server locations allow internet users to bypass online censorship and geo-restricted content. If this interests you, we have an article explaining how to change an IP address without a VPN.
Open your VPN app and confirm your connection. There should be a button that says “Turn Off VPN.” Press it.
Many private network apps come with an option to check your IP address. Additionally, you can search in your web browser, “What’s my IP address,” and it’ll tell you the real IP address of your public Wi-Fi network. Then, write down or screenshot the IP address.
Enter your VPN service and turn the connection back on.
Go back to your VPN services IP checker or conduct an online search. Write down the new IP address.
If the two IP addresses are different, then your connection is working. If they are the same, then you are experiencing an IP leak and must fix the issue ASAP.
Always research any VPN before you connect to it. Many free VPN services are used to install malware on exposed devices.
STAT: Cyber attacks disproportionately affect small businesses. One study found that 43% of all cyber attacks were aimed at small businesses. (source)