It is important to make sure you are 100% sure that your VPN connection is keeping you private and you have a secure VPN provider. You can just presume that once it is connected that is that and you can go off willy-nilly and do whatever it is you please. There are occasions where something may have gone wrong. I have taken sometime to compile a list of some easy things you can do to test certain aspects of your VPN connection.
IP Address check
This is a really simple one to make sure your real IP address is being masked, all you have to do is mosey on down to the likes of whatismyip.com or even just use Google and compare a before and after shot of your IP addresses. If they have changed then you can be sure that your real IP address is being masked. For the more advanced user there are ways to check if your VPN connection is covering the likes of Java and Flash, if you head to whoer.net you will find a more in depth look at your IP address situation.
This is another relatively simple test to try out. If you go to dnsleaktest.com and carry out a test you will be greeted with a table of connections to various servers. If you are connected to a secure VPN and the test shows anything regarding your ISP or location then you may in fact have a DNS leak.
Torrent IP address tests
Many people use VPNs when torrenting so of course it is important that you are protected when you are downloading something. If you go to Ipleak.net and download the magnet file under the Torrent Address Detection heading you can check if it is giving you the IP of your VPN and not your real IP address.
These are just some simple tests you can carry out to make sure that you have a secure VPN provider. It is worth taking the time out to try out each of these methods just to make sure that the time you spend setting up your VPN isn’t just going to waste due to some sort of problem.