IPv6 leak protection (Android)

VirtualShield now offers IPv6 leak protection by disabling all IPv6 traffic while connected to our VPN, thus providing you with a guarantee that no Internet traffic leaks out over your regular connection while connected to VPN.

IPv6 Protection

If you're using an IPv6 address to connect to the internet, we recommend enabling this option.
This helps protect your device by preventing any data from leaking across your regular network without your knowledge.

If you are unsure, you can use this Google link below to verify if you're using IPv6 or not:
https://ipv6test.google.com/

Tip: The Google page above will say you're not using IPv6, if IPv6 protection is working properly.

Follow the instructions below to enable or disable IPv6 leak protection. In most cases you don't need to adjust this option, we recommend the default value (on).

Note: You will need to disconnect and then re-connect to our servers after saving your Settings before the changes will be applied.
1
Open the VirtualShield Android application.

2
Tap the cog/gear icon near the corner of the app to open the Settings panel:
3
Inside the Settings, select Advanced Settings.

4
Select the IPv6 leak protection option, and then save your Settings:
Tip: This feature is entirely optional and can be enabled or disabled at any time. However, we recommend leaving this option on in order to be fully protected.

What is IPv6 and how is it different from IPv4?

IPv4 is the 4th revision of the Internet Protocol (IP), which is used to identify devices on a network. Whilst IPv4 is the most widely deployed internet protocol it is a 32-bit system which means it only allows for 2^32 addresses, meaning there can be a maximum of 4,294,967,296 addresses or devices at any one time.

IPv6 is a 128-bit address system which allows for a significantly higher number of addresses or devices at a single time.


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