Question about IP address while using a VPN
Hello and good day folks,
I have just started using nextDNS and so far I am very happy with how easy it is to set up everything. I am using a VPN and my primary motivation to hide my IP address to maintain privacy on the internet.
The VPN works great and everytime I use any internet service, the IP address of the VPN is used instead of my own IP address.
However, when I go to my nextDNS analytics dashboard, I only see my own IP addresses in the dashboard, and not the IP addresses of the VPN. Why is this the case? Is it because when I query the nextDNS nameservers, the request is sent via my network using some OS level dnslookup maybe and when I use a VPN to browse the internet the IP address of the VPN is used.
I would like to understand more about how to maintain a healthy online privacy hygiene.
Looking forward for your answers.
Depending on how you set up NextDNS, your VPN, and how your OS handles DNS traffic, it's possible for DNS traffic to ignore the VPN tunnel.
If you set DoH in your browser, that should always use your VPN tunnel, though obviously this only covers browser traffic.
Regardless of how you setup NextDNS, websites still can't figure out your IP when the VPN is active, but they can tell you're using NextDNS, and guess what filter list you're using. This would be useful to fingerprint you even when you're using incognito (otherwise they can just track you with cookies).
Thanks, I will reach out to tailscale and understand why my dns queries are not forwarded to my exit nodes, which can be a feature more than a bug.
- 2 mths agoLast active