¿using a VPN can leak my real mac adress ?

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  1. WRC

    WRC Registered Member

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    Hi i have a question , if i use a VPN https and disable java , javascript , flash , 99% impossible to detect my real ip from a webmaster , ok , but what happen about my mac address? can they detect my real mac adrees or i need to mac spoofing?
     
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    Welcome to Wilder (again) WRC. Is anyone else on the privacy forums? Crickets chirping.

    You previously asked a question about firewalls and proxies, which I attempted to answer.

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=294600

    Keep in mind that VPNs aren't considered proxies in the traditional sense, so the way I explained using firewalls with Tor wouldn't apply to a VPN. Let me know if you need assistance using a firewall with a VPN. It's considerably more complicated.

    But on the plus side, as long as the VPN is running, you don't need to worry about Flash, Java, etc. Those are all anonymized by the VPN. The only problem with VPNs is when they shut down unexpectedly. Then all of your traffic may be sent without any anonymization.

    Regarding the MAC address, it's not really something you have to worry about unless you're using a wi-fi hotspot that isn't yours. In that case, the hotspot may have records of your MAC address. If you're using your own router, then you don't have to worry about it. The website you visit does not get your MAC address.

    But it shouldn't hurt anything to spoof your MAC address if you want.

    Edit: Just to be clear, even when using a VPN at a wi-fi hotspot that isn't yours, if you don't spoof your MAC address, it still doesn't allow the website to get your MAC address or compromise your VPN in any way. If you don't spoof your MAC address, it only means that the hotspot may keep a record of your MAC address, and all they will see is an encrypted VPN connection. So, nothing should be compromised.
     
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  3. WRC

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    thanks for yours answer , i don't have much ideas about computers (hardware & software) i must read a lot from here and other forums to learn about privacy and security . programming will be a utopic for me.
     
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