What is WebRTC?
WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a tool that allows browsers to initiate real-time, peer-to-peer connections with the websites you’re trying to visit.
WebRTC allows your browser to do multiple processes such as sending live audio and video feeds back and forth between you and another participant online. The functionality eliminates any need of downloading any additional software.
This process happens to communicate with the website you’re visiting and exchanges information including, your IP address. This is a vulnerability as the exposure of your IP address also exposes your true digital identity.
How to Stop WebRTC leaks?
While there are a few ways to do this, the easiest and safest method to stop WebRTC leaks is by using PureVPN’s WebRTC Leak Protection.
Whether you’re using our VPN app (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Android TV) or our browser extensions for Chrome or Firefox, they all come with WebRTC Leak Protection default.
This functionality will stop any unwanted IP address leaks through WebRTC while allowing authorized WebRTC connections to continue under your anonymous PureVPN-assigned IP address.
WebRTC requests can also be blocked from your browser, but this process will be a bit more complicated.
Furthermore, unlike with PureVPN, blocking WebRTC leaks using these methods will often disable WebRTC functionality altogether.
How to Disable WebRTC on Chrome
Disabling WebRTC on Chrome is tricky, and we strongly suggest not to adjust the settings as that may cause your Chrome browser not to work altogether.
He best way to disable WebRTC on Chrome is by using PureVPN extension. The PureVPN Chrome VPN comes with WebRTC Leak Protection by default. The extension makes it easy for the users as it doesn’t involve a configuration process. Here is the process:
- Download PureVPN extension for Chrome from the Chrome web store
- Launch PureVPN extension on Chrome and login with your credentials
- Once you have logged in, you can switch on the WebRTC option
How to Disable WebRTC on Firefox
Firefox does not have an innate process to disable WebRTC Leaks. The fear of having your IP exposed can be frustrating and detrimental. To disable WebRTC leak on Firefox, you will need to install the PureVPN Firefox add-on. Here are the steps:
- Download PureVPN’s extension for Firefox from the Firefox Add-ons store
- Launch PureVPN extension on Firefox and login with your credentials
- Once you’ve logged in, you can switch on the WebRTC option
That’s all it takes to secure your IP address from being leaked on Firefox.
How to Disable WebRTC on Safari, Opera and Others?
Similar to installing a web extension or an add-on, PureVPN offers WebRTC Leak Protection functionality on its applications (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS).
It doesn’t matter which browser you’re using, as long as you’ve got PureVPN app installed on your device and connected to the VPN server, you’re secured against WebRTC leaks.
You also have the option to switch on and off the WebRTC option. Naturally, you should have it switched on at all times to ensure that your internet activities are secured.
PureVPN’s WebRTC Leak Protection
PureVPN takes online privacy and security seriously. It is this dedication that ensures we’re always developing new features that not only enhance our users’ online experience but also make it secure.
Once connected with PureVPN, rest assured that your online activities are secured with robust AES 256-bit encryption along with ingenious features that make sure your actual IP is never revealed under any circumstances.
Here’s why you need PureVPN’s WebRTC Leak Protection:
- To stay hidden at all times
- To access VoIP services securely and anonymously
- To access and stream media services without exposing your real IP