Millions of users around the world use VPN or proxy services to hide their real location. This can be for a multitude of reasons, may it be to stay anonymous while downloading torrents or to get around geoblocking restrictions, legal or illegal. But users should be aware that the services might not be as secure as thought and that they still could leak their information in several ways. A new service, fittingly named ‘Do I Leak?’, sets out to give you peace of mind by letting you test whether your secure connection actually is secure or whether it is leaking information.
There can be two reasons why your VPN or proxy leaks your location or at the very least reveals that you’re trying to hide it: Either the service you are using isn’t as secure as advertised or you have missed a thing or two in your setup. Especially torrent users need to take a closer look at their settings and disable features such as DHT and PEX in order to fully stay anonymous behind their tunneled connection, otherwise, your real IP might still be visible to everyone.
While services to check these things have been around for a while, none of them have been very complete and most of them fail to take every point of leak into consideration. The new Do I Leak service aims to remedy this by added all the individual tests into a simple package that is easy for any user to deploy. On of the most notable differences to other services is the included torrent check for both HTTP and UDP trackers. UDP is one of those things that often is missed by most of these tools. It will also check whether your DNS is leaking and thereby giving away that you’re trying to tunnel – one of the methods used by NetFlix, for example, to block out VPN users in their recent crackdown.
You can easily run the tests from the official site in two ways, with or without additional torrent checks. If you are a VPN user, then it might be worth to check up on – just to be on the safe side.