If you are trying to keep your online activities anonymous and private with a VPN service, it is crucial that all traffic originating from your computer is routed through the VPN network. That said, sometimes DNS servers send unencrypted queries outside VPN tunnels, which can give eavesdroppers access to your IP address and the websites you visit. Worse still, you’ll probably never even know the leak has occurred.
NordVPN pays special attention to protecting users from the privacy issues caused by unencrypted DNS requests. Our DNS leak resolver, combined with industry-leading encryption standards, keeps DNS queries secure and protected.
There are a number of websites offering free tests for DNS leaks. They normally display the apparent IP address, internet service provider and location of the user. If the user is connected to a VPN server and the test matches the remote VPN server information, user’s online traffic is secure. If, on the other hand, it shows user’s actual details, it’s a sign that their VPN has been compromised by a DNS leak. For more information on detecting DNS leaks, please visit our Help Center.
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