How to Disable WebRTC in Firefox and Chrome
A huge security flaw has recently been discovered in WebRTC. The security glitch affects users of Windows OS only, but Windows OS itself is not to be blamed for this.
The vulnerability, known as WebRTC leak affects the users of Chrome and Firefox browsers, and enables websites to see the real IP address of the users even while they are connected to the VPN.
Luckily some extensions can prevent WebRTC in browsers.
The same goes for the PureVPN browser extension, which is equipped with a WebRTC leak protection feature that helps you in maintaining your Online Security, Anonymity, and more.
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- How to Disable WebRTC Leak in Firefox Browser (Windows OS)
- How to Disable WebRTC Leak in Chrome Browser (Windows OS)
- What is WebRTC and What Platforms Does It Affect Most?
How to Disable WebRTC Leak in Firefox Browser (Windows OS)
Users of Mozilla Firefox should launch Firefox and do the following to avoid WebRTC leak:
- Type about:config in the address bar of Firefox.
- Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” (or some security message similar to that) [the message depends on the version of Firefox you have]. For instance, the new version of Firefox displays a warning message, “This might void your warranty!” followed by an explanation of advance settings security and such. If you see such a message, click “I accept the risk!”
- A list will open with a search bar above. In that search bar, please type: media.peerconnection.enabled and hit enter.
- When the result comes up, double-click on it to turn its value to false.
- Close the tab to finish the procedure.
If you don’t want to go through such a hectic way only to prevent WebRTC leak on your Firefox browser, simply install PureVPN Firefox Extension.
The extension comes with a built-in WebRTC leak protection, allowing you to watch your favorite content or use any VoIP communication tool to get in touch with your loved ones without fearing privacy breach.
How to Disable WebRTC Leak in Chrome Browser (Windows OS)
There are no built-in settings in the Chrome browser that would let users to fix their WebRTC leak issues. Therefore, to disable WebRTC leak, Chrome users need to install the right extension.
A few years back, people using the Chrome browser on Windows would download the “block WebRTC” add-on/extension for their Chrome browser. However, the extension failed to work efficiently and ended up leaking users’ real IP.
However, PureVPN Chrome Extension has proved that it can successfully prevent WebRTC leak and keep the users’ real IP completely hidden. The extension not only masks users’ real IP and prevents WebRTC leak but also provides high-level encryption to keep users’ browser traffic completely secured.
What is WebRTC and What Platforms Does It Affect Most?
The ‘RTC’ in WebRTC is an abbreviation for Real-Time-Communication, and is used for voice calls, video chats, and p2p file sharing. WebRTC is not a bug as it was originally developed to facilitate the above mentioned types of connections between browsers independently without depending on any plug-ins. Since 2013, experts suspected that WebRTC could come in handy to discover a user’s local IP, even if the user is behind a VPN.
WebRTC doesn’t affect OSX and Android users, so users using Chrome or Firefox on OSX or Android need not worry about it. Windows users, however, need to take immediate steps to avoid WebRTC leak and protect their real IP address so they can continue to access their favorite geo-restricted or blocked websites or content while using an Anonymous VPN.
With PureVPN browser extensions, you no longer have to worry about WebRTC leak issue.
Google has released a Chrome extension, “WebRTC Network Limiter” that eliminates the fears of WebRTC. The extension is extremely small in size, only 7.31KB, but effective enough to disable the WebRTC multiple-routes option in the browser’s Privacy Settings, while configuring WebRTC to not use particular IPs.
“Any public IP addresses associated with network interfaces that are not used for web traffic (e.g. an ISP-provided address, when browsing through a VPN) [are hidden],”Google says.
But it wouldn’t be wise to waste time on an extension that only offers a single feature when PureVPN’s browser extensions come with WebRTC leak protection, online security, anonymity, and more.
Enjoy complete anonymity and internet freedom by preventing WebRTC leak on your Chrome or Firefox browser.
Stay anonymous, PureVPNers!