The reveal of the “port fail” vulnerability in November 2015 brought to light a critical security weakness in some of the most popular VPN services. To many individuals who are concerned about online privacy, this news came as a shock since VPNs were considered the safest way to surf the web.
What port fail clearly demonstrates is that not all VPN services are created equal. In this article, we present some background information on this issue and explain why Le VPN remains one of the most secure and sophisticated VPNs on the market today.
What Is Port Fail?
Port fail can occur in situations where a VPN user and an attacker use the same type of proxy to visit a website or send data. It is caused by enabling a feature known as “port forwarding,” which specifies how data packets are transmitted between a website and a host computer. Certain applications, including BitTorrent, IRC and Skype, use port forwarding to route information more effectively. However, one side effect of this feature is that when it is enabled, it can potentially allow hackers using the same VPN network to discover your real IP address.
It’s also possible for the hack to be effective even when a user hasn’t enabled port forwarding on their device. A user’s exit IP address can be phished by clicking on a link or visiting a malicious website. With this information, their real IP address can be discovered by anyone on the same network with port forwarding enabled.
Protecting Yourself With Le VPN
From the ground up, we have built Le VPN using superior technology and smarter engineering that considers all potential risks. Recognizing its inherent vulnerability, we chose not to offer port forwarding as a feature of our service. As a result, our clients will never be susceptible to port fail or other related hacks.
In addition to protecting you from port fail, we use industry-leading AES-256 encryption and other sophisticated security features, making Le VPN one of the safest ways to surf the web.
What Are the Risks of Port Fail?
VPN users rely on the privacy that an encrypted network provides to browse the web safely and securely. When that privacy is compromised, it puts your sensitive information at risk. If you’re not protecting yourself from port fail by using Le VPN, it’s possible for anyone to know where you are, who your Internet service provider is, what you download and more.
Don’t compromise your privacy or your personal information by using a VPN that puts you at risk. Make the switch to Le VPN today. To learn more about how we are protecting our users’ privacy and delivering a safer way to surf the web, visit our website and subscribe today.
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