What is WebRTC and how to disable it

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WebRTC is a technology for transferring streaming audio and video data between browsers and mobile applications. Full name - Web Real-Time Communication. Below we will take a closer look at what WebRTC is, how this open source project can be useful to you, and how to disable it in order to avoid data leakage.

Learn more about WebRTC

The WebRTC project aims to improve the quality and ease of communication between users on the Internet. It works in real-time in a web browser. To use this technology for web communication, you do not need third-party programs and extensions. It is already built into Chrome, Firefox, Opera. 

WebRTC is a direct competitor to Skype. Using this web technology, developers can avoid any obstacles while creating services that work in real-time with contextual data. Simply saying, WebRTC is a modern way to launch video conferencing in a browser without using intermediaries. Users of several browsers can easily transfer their data to each other.

You may also need some knowledge of anonymous work in browser. For example, read our instructions for configuring proxies in Opera.

IP leak through WebRTC

The technology has one, but a serious drawback - IP leakage through WebRTC is possible. In the process of web communication, a valid IP address of the user is determined, since it directly communicates with another computer, browser, mobile application, or website.

To protect information about yourself from leakage, it is better to disable WebRTC. This will help maintain data confidentiality on the Internet, which is especially important when solving network professional tasks. Below we will talk in detail about how to disable WebRTC on a computer.

How to disable WebRTC in popular browsers

To deactivate this technology, select the appropriate step-by-step instruction. The following describes in detail how to disable WebRTC in popular browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

Disabling WebRTC Chrome

Follow the instructions:

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Go to the online store extensions.
  3. Enter the name "WebRTC Control" in his search engine.
  4. Click Install.

  5. Activate the extension.

Your IP address will be protected from leakage when the extension icon is highlighted in a blue circle. When you click on the plugin again, it will stop working.

Disabling WebRTC Firefox

In a Mozilla browser, you can solve the problem even without installing additional plugins. Below is a method that allows you to completely disable WebRTC in Firefox.

Follow the step by step instructions:

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, enter the phrase "about: config".
  3. Press “Enter.”
  4. Click “Accept the Risk and Continue”.

  5. Now enter in the search bar three words separated by periods: “media.peerconnection.enabled”.

  6. Click on the “Toggle” icon located on the right side of the line that appears.

WebRTC has been successfully disabled. If you plan to periodically use this technology, then we recommend that you use the WebRTC Control extension. It will allow you to quickly control the process of enabling and disabling WebRTC.

Follow the instructions:

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Go to the "Menu" - "Add-ons".

  3. Go to "Extensions".

  4. Enter in the extension search engine the name of the plugin “WebRTC Control” and press “Enter”.

  5. Select the desired plugin in the search results.

  6. Click Add to Firefox.

  7. Click "Add."

  8. Click on "OK, got it"

  9. If the plugin is highlighted in a blue circle, it means it successfully works.

How to disable WebRTC in Opera

Take 5 simple steps to disable WebRTC in Opera browser:

  1. Launch Opera.
  2. Go to the browser menu.
  3. Go to the “Settings” tab.
  4. Further in the "Advanced" - "Privacy & Security".

  5. In the "WebRTC" section, select the "Disable Non-proxied UDP" field.

You can also install the “WebRTC Control” plugin for Opera. This is done according to the same principle as in the above instructions for other browsers.

How to disable WebRTC in Microsoft Edge and Safari

In these browsers, this technology is disabled by default.

As you can see, it only takes a few minutes to disable WebRTC in the browser. Use the convenient and simple WebRTC Control extension for this, which will enable you to activate and deactivate the work of Web Real-Time Communications technology at any time.

Also, check our article about what is ActiveX and how to disable it

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