What is a Kill Switch in VPN service?
A VPN kill switch is designed to instantly kill the Internet connection when the VPN service is down or stopped.
A VPN is used to anonymize user identity online. There are plenty of benefits are using a VPN service. Many people choose a VPN to unblock streaming services in their regions. For example, if Netflix is not available in your country, then you can access the service by using a VPN service with US server connected.
Online privacy became a primary concern for everyone after many data leaks, ISP’ collecting our browsing data, Facebook user data collection and there are many more example are there to prove.
A good VPN connection can completely disconnect your real identity online and shows the spoofed IP address and location when anyone wants to collect your data.
To maintain anonymity, a stable VPN service is required without any connection loss. If the connection loss happens, your real identity is exposed and the user activity can be easily tracked.
How it works?
Kill switch option comes as a special feature is many VPN services. Many VPN companies who maintain their own servers are reliable and trustworthy. They promise up to 99.99% uptime and the user won’t face any connection down issues.
There are some companies who share servers are less reliable and you can expect sudden connection drops while using the service. Here the Kill switch really comes handy. When a VPN service is down or stopped with an unexpected error, the Kill switch option automatically cuts the Internet connection and stops all the data transfer activity.
Many popular VPN providers such as ExpressVPN, Private Internet Access, VyprVPN, IPVanish are offering kill switch option in their clients.
By default, the Kill Switch option won’t come as enabled. It is an optional feature available in the VPN client settings. To enable the Kill switch option, open your VPN client settings and manually enable the option.