Alright - moving this question out of the X-Plane thread to get some input on it.
Long story shortened - my wife is working from home now due to the COVID-19 pandemic so she is forced to use a VPN to connect to her work computer. This has been all fine and dandy until yesterday when it appears that X-Plane, which phones home each time you play it I think, noticed that my IP address was changing daily (?). So they deactivated my X-Plane serial number. I’ve been in contact with Laminar support and they are working with me, but their solution is to get me a Steam key, which I’d rather not be forced to use since I tinker with my X-Plane install all the time.
Anyway - my question is this: When my wife is using the VPN, does it only temporarily change my IP address - or does it revert back to the same IP address that I had before after she disconnects? If so, I can simply disconnect from the internet when I launch, or just not boot up X-Plane and other things that phone home when she is working.