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Do I Need to Turn Off My VPN to See My Activity Stream Correctly?

asked 2019-08-24 05:58:10 +0000

BartStarr gravatar image

Whenever I capture my activity stream with Wireshark and my VPN is running I see a bunch of OpenVPN's, Do I need to turn of the VPN to see the true activity?

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answered 2019-08-24 09:26:00 +0000

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You're probably capturing on your "external" interface and so will only see the encrypted VPN traffic.

The VPN will usually create a separate interface you can capture on, and that that interface will have the plain traffic.

What OS are you running?

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It becomes tricky when you have split tunneling. I usually identify the destination ip and then match it against the routing table "route print" to check which interface I need to capture on.

bluewolf1984 gravatar imagebluewolf1984 ( 2019-08-24 10:43:24 +0000 )edit

I am running the latest version of Windows 10. (I'm also using the Wireshark 101 book).

BartStarr gravatar imageBartStarr ( 2019-08-24 16:09:59 +0000 )edit

OK, so which interface are you capturing on? Probably easiest to list the interfaces from the command line with:

path\to\tshark.exe -D

replacing path\to with the actually path, likely to be C:\Program Files\Wireshark.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-08-24 16:31:06 +0000 )edit

Thank you for answering me. I believe I am over my head and need to take some tutorials prior to the Wireshark one. Again, thank you.

BartStarr gravatar imageBartStarr ( 2019-08-24 18:38:36 +0000 )edit

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