You’ve been connected to a virtual private network (VPN) for quite some time now, and most likely, you’ve been very happy with the service. After all, VPNs protect your personal information and allow you to work remotely, when needed, from any location. But what happens when your VPN connection suddenly stops working and you don’t know why?
You might be connected to a VPN when you experience problems with your internet connection. For example, your internet service provider (ISP) could be blocking specific websites because of a court order or requirement to do so. If you have a dynamic IP address, it could be that your ISP is knocking your connection off in an effort to make your IP address more predictable. Or, it could be that your VPN connection simply stopped working for no apparent reason.
If you’re experiencing problems with your VPN connection, you’ll need to troubleshoot the issue and find out what’s going on. In this article, we’ll discuss, step by step, how to diagnose and fix the problem so you can get back online with your VPN as quickly as possible. We’ll cover everything from configuring your VPN profile to ensuring that your computer is up-to-date with the latest software and security patches.
How Do I Know If My VPN Is Working?
You can use a number of different tools to test whether or not your VPN is working. Most notably, you can use the IP checker built into Chrome to easily check the IP address of any website that you visit. If the IP address turns out to be different than what you expected, when you visit a website that you know is hosted on the same server, it should check back as being the same as what you’ve specified in your VPN connection settings. However, if it doesn’t match, then it probably means that your VPN isn’t working and you need to either find out why or adjust your settings accordingly.
Is My VPN Configured Correctly?
When you first connect to a VPN, the provider will ask you a series of questions so that they can configure your connection appropriately. As part of this process, they’ll ask you to verify your email address and phone number so that they can add you to their mailing list. After you answer these questions and verify your details, they’ll give you a memorable username and password so that you can easily connect to their service when needed. Make sure that you write these down somewhere so that you can easily find them when you need them.
Should I Be Using A VPN With My Mac?
If you’re using OS X, you might want to consider using a VPN to keep your personal information secure. Even if you’re not doing anything that requires privacy, a VPN will encrypt your internet traffic and ensure that your personal data stays private. Most providers have a Mac-friendly option and will let you connect directly from within their app without having to pay for a dedicated IP address or use a Virtual Private Server (VPS).
Am I Connected To The Right Network On My VPN?
It’s important to note that not all VPNs are created equal. Some providers will give you a free trial or offer generous discounts if you connect to their network within a certain timeframe. The speed and reliability of your VPN connection will also depend on the network and server that you connect to. If you’re not confident that you’re connected to the right network, don’t worry — you can always check with the VPN provider to see what network they suggest that you connect to. Once you do, you can test the speed and reliability of your connection by using a VPN app such as NordVPN or TorGuard and comparing the results to what you experience when you’re not connected to a VPN. Some providers will even let you know how many users are on their network at any given time so that you know what kind of bandwidth you’re using.
Are The Devices At My Home Wired Correlated (e.g., Wired vs. Wireless)?
Just because your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network doesn’t mean that they have to be. A huge perk of using a VPN is the ability to connect to any device, anywhere, at any time. If you have a lot of devices that you use regularly at home, it might be a good idea to invest in a reliable wired VPN connection so that you don’t have to worry about going wireless whenever you need to use one of these devices. Even if you keep them secured and out of reach, at the least, a smart phone, tablet, or notebook computer can be accessed by anyone who knows or guesses the password — and this is something you don’t ever want to do if you’re using a wireless connection.
What’s My IP Address?
Your IP address, also known as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, is a unique identifier that is assigned to your computer, smartphone, or other device when you’re connected to the Internet. The IP address isn’t visible to the naked eye so if you’re wondering what it is, you’ll need to look it up on one of the many IP lookup websites that exist online. Simply input your email address and press the search button to get a list of possible IP addresses. If you’re not sure what your IP address is, you can ask your ISP for help or go through the list and find the one that your particular ISP assigns to you. You’ll also need to note down the specific dates when you were able to successfully connect to the Internet so that you can determine whether or not this is a temporary or a permanent situation. In most cases, an IP lookup tool will show you that your IP address has not changed. However, if it has, then this could mean that your ISP is actively trying to block sites that they think are inappropriate or dangerous.
Am I Logged In Correctly?
When you first connect to a VPN, you’ll be presented with a login screen where you can enter your username and password. Make sure that you’ve copied these down somewhere because, unfortunately, you won’t be able to retrieve them if you forget them. If you have multiple accounts with this provider, you’ll be asked to select the account that you want to use when you log back in. After you’ve logged in, you can check the status of your connection by going to your Network Settings and looking at the VPN tab. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re logged in correctly, you can contact the support team at the provider for help. Once you do, you can configure your VPN connection a second time and use the status tab to determine if the problem has been rectified. If it has not, then you’ll need to contact the support team again.
With all of these tests, it’s important to remember that there might be other causes for the connection problems other than your VPN. For example, since we’re talking about internet connectivity here, make sure that your computer is up-to-date with all of its security patches and anti-virus software. You can also check with your ISP to see if they have any fixes or updates for the problem. If you’re still experiencing issues after you’ve done all of this, then the problem might be on their end.
What’s My DNS Server?
If you use the internet every day, you’ll likely have seen the plethora of annoying ads that you inevitably have to click on just to keep the websites that you come back to frequently available and relevant. This is where DNS comes in. When you visit a website that you think is irrelevant or untrustworthy, you’ll most likely see a ridiculous amount of advertisements. This is because, when you navigate to that website, your computer will contact the DNS server of your ISP to learn the address of the website that you’re trying to reach. Your ISP will then look up this address and forward it to the website so that it can be shown to you. To stop this from happening, you need to enter the DNS server address of a superior provider in your Network Settings under the VPN tab.