What is a DNS leak and how can RingVPN help prevent it from happening?
Let’s talk about DNS, baby
DNS stands for Domain Name Servers, and they are the internet equivalent of the phone book. What does it mean? It means that you want to protect this at all costs from everyone with prying eyes. It means that DNS servers have the power to reveal to the world all of your most private details: your browser history, secure and sensitive information, and location.
This is because they keep a directory of domain names, and translate into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which can be understood by third-parties, ISPs, governments and really anyone who is moderately computer literate and tempted to snoop.
In a nutshell, this means that you need your VPN to do everything to protect your DNS information and never leak this.
What is a DNS server leak?
Not all VPNs are created equally. Some VPNs have major limitations, where not all of your DNS queries are protected. This is known as an DNS leak and it means that your ISP, DNS server operator or any third-party who wants to known (like a network administrator or an online snoop), can have access to your DNS server settings and your browser history. You can detect it with a DNS leak test, but at RingVPN we believe that prevention is better than the cure.
How can you avoid a DNS leak in the first place?
Use a VPN like RingVPN that doesn’t use a public DNS. We have our own proprietary and private DNS, with all of the settings kept encrypted by us and running through our hidden tunnel. This means from the get-go the chances of a DNS leak are virtually impossible.
RingVPN has 4 extra ways that we help ensure that your DNS servers are protected.
1) We never keep connection logs
RingVPN is passionate about your online privacy. We never, ever keep logs of your online activity and nor can we be compelled to either. This is because we have ensured that our company is governed by a privacy-friendly jurisdiction (Saint Kitts & Nevis), so that we can operate our company safe in the knowledge that what you do online is always your business — and only yours. No government, no ISP and no third-party can ever make us store logs about your online activities — and we never will.
2) We use military-grade encryption
Our proprietary DNS server has its own private details, which are fortified using military-grade encryption. This is the highest standard of encryption and shows RingVPN’s commitment to keeping you the safest you can be when online through our VPN. This means that [WebRTC leaks are also impossible] (https://ringvpn.com/en/features/security-webrtc) your IP address is private when you connect to one of our 150 servers in 70 countries.
3) We use automatic configuration protocol
This means that, any time any of our users connect to the internet, with any device, through RingVPN, our servers apply our military-grade encrypted DNS settings. These cannot be changed or amended, which means that in the same way prying eyes cannot get into our DNS servers, no one inside the RingVPN circle of privacy can change the settings to bypass them. All inbound and outbound traffic is encrypted with RingVPN’s military-grade encryption.
4) And as a fourth level of security — we have a DNS leak testing tool
We like to call this our “fourth dimension”— we have own very own robust system of DNS leak testing tools. By using our DNS leak test page, you can perform a live check to verify your protection with RingVPN. You can also see how vulnerable you would be if you connected without RingVPN.
But, as we have seen, why would you take the risk to connect to the internet without RingVPN? Keep your IP address hidden, DNS servers locked with our encryption, and even try the first month of your RingVPN subscription on us, with our money-back guarantee.
What are you waiting for? Download RingVPN now and subscribe to experience the ultimate heights of online privacy.