macOS & Windows - VPN Kill Switch [IPBurger]
There is a high risk of suspensions on stealth accounts, if you real IP is ever revealed to them. That's why we use a dedicated IP provided by a VPN service, such as IPBurger.
We all know how flaky the internet is sometimes, and in such cases, the VPN might keep disconnecting/reconnecting. When it happens, you might connect with the internet with with your real IP address.
To avoid such risks of IP leaks, killswitch is necessary. A killswitch blocks you from accessing the internet temporarily if you are accidentally disconnected from the VPN.
For Mac users, we have recommended Pritunl VPN software, that has an inbuilt killswitch, which is activated once you connect with the VPN. If there are any network issues, and your VPN connection drops, the software blocks the internet meanwhile reconnecting with the VPN. So you don't have to do anything in addition to connecting with the VPN through Pritunl. What is recommended here, is that you setup Pritunl to auto-launch and auto-connect on user login. Here's a guide on how to do that: Auto Launch and Auto Connect VPN on Login - For Mac.
For Windows - Step by step guide to setup Killswitch
There is a special software that we use for the Killswitch, which is very easy to configure, tiny in size (500KB) and very light on the system resources.
This software does not disconnect you from the internet, but it automatically kills the configured web browsers, so you can't access the stealth accounts.
Download it here: VPNCheck - the Killswitch Software for Windows
Install the software once downloaded.
You may require to install .Net 2.0 framework for the software to work. For Windows XP users, download it here: .Net 2.0 for Windows XP 32bit
For Windows 7 and above, you might get a dialog box that automatically installs .Net 2.0. Please proceed with the installation and follow the steps.
You may notice that the software resides in the Tray area. Right click on it, and select 'Show VPNCheck'.
In the interface of the software, click 'Config'.
Under the Options tab, click 'Default' button and keep the options checked/unchecked exactly as shown in the screenshot.
Click 'Autostart' and later 'Windows Startup', and configure the options as shown in the screenshots below.
Now we will configure the web browsers that you want to use with the VPN. Click 'Add file' button under the 'Tasks' tab, and select the web browser of your choice. In the screenshot below, I am using Mozilla Firefox. You can use any, such as Chrome, Edge or Internet Explorer.
Once added, you will see that the browser program is mentioned under 'Cycle IP: Task' tab. Select the row of the program, and tick the checkboxes - 'Close' and 'Autorun'.
Now log off from the current user, and login again. Please don't skip logging out and logging in, it is a crucial step.
Great! Now you have successfully setup the killswitch. What this tiny killswitch does, is that it monitors your VPN connection, and automatically launch the web-browser when a successful VPN connection is established, and automatically close the web-browser whenever the connection is broken/disconnected. That way you never have to worry about leaking your real IP.
Test it out a few times by manually connecting/disconnecting with the VPN. It also shows a layover on the screen whenever the VPN is offline, which is very helpful.
If you have issues following the guide, or you are unable to connect, you can always reach out to us at [email protected]
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