Windows 11’s taskbar is getting another nifty futures – VPN indicator

Windows 11 already has a built-in Privacy Dashboard that lets you see where sensitive hardware is being used. You can go to Settings > Privacy and find out which apps have accessed your location or viewed you via webcam. At the same time, Windows 11's taskbar can show you which apps are actively accessing hardware features.

For example, if Microsoft Edge is using your location, you can view the activity directly on the notification area of the taskbar. Microsoft is now updating this feature with another useful addition - the VPN indicator.

As you can see in the screenshot below, Microsoft is testing a 'VPN indicator' ie shield overlay for the network icon on the taskbar. This new shield icon indicates that you are connected to a VPN and that it is actively being used on the system. However, this will not tell you how the VPN is being used.

It also respects the accent color and it goes well with the design of Windows 11. However, there's a catch — it only works when you connect to a VPN from the system's built-in network and the Internet > VPN tab. or when you are connected to a private network through Quick Settings.

At the moment, it doesn't work with Wi-Fi, but Windows 11's VPN indicator is still in development and will get better eventually.