How to test DNS Leak
VPNs are the best solution to protect your online privacy, as they create a tunnel between your computer and the Internet. But, unfortunately, not all VPN services make your online activity fully anonymous. Here’s how to find out if you’re exposed or not – we’ll be using the DNS leak test service provided by DNSLeakTest.com and Speedify as the VPN service:
- First, with the Speedify service disabled – find out your public IP address. You’ll see that your approximate location can be identified based on that only.
- Next, run the Standard DNS leak test and see the DNS servers your browser is querying.
- Next, start Speedify and connect to a VPN server in a different country, preferably on a different continent. Reload the testing page – it should display a different IP address. This is good – it means the VPN works in protecting your privacy with the websites or services you’re accessing.
However, there’s one more step to go to confirm full online privacy – seeing if you’re also anonymous when DNS requests are made. Go to step 4. In the example above, we chose a VPN server located in the Netherlands, but you can choose the one that you like from your VPN service.
- Run the Standard test for DNS leaks again with Speedify on. This will generate a list of DNS servers that the browser queries.
Are the DNS results all from outside your home country? If so – you’re all set – your VPN protects you against DNS leaks!