Usually you resort to a VPN solution if you want to navigate the Internet anonymously and without restrictions. But per se useful technologies such as WebRTC may ruin the “better browsing experience”. It makes it difficult for Windows users to conceal their IP addresses, as long as they use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome in its standard version.
What is WebRTC anyway?
In general, it can be described as a meaningful and increasingly important tool, whereby user privacy can suffer enormously. Especially the use of a VPN service can be restricted to a large degree if despite the VPN connection the location as well and the true identity of the user are revealed. This little practical test proves that a simple script on a web page is sufficient to find out the actual IP address of a user.
How can WebRTC be turned off in Google Chrome?
There are numerous extensions for Google Chrome. In our test, we limited ourselves to four plugins. WebRTC Block was the only tool that convinced us only partially. Especially the current version of this software ought to be treated with caution, as the IP address could not be hidden effectively. The extension ScriptSafe, on the other hand, scored points in terms of security, even if the performance has to suffer. Moreover, the browser capacity is quite large and the usability is not as sophisticated as other solutions.
The plugin WebRTC Network Limiter hides the user’s actual IP address via the setting “Use my proxy server”. The settings will remain until changed. WebRTC Control can also provide a solution. By turning off all four components in the browser, it enables secure, unrestricted, and anonymous web browsing. Further, the intuitive operation via an on/off button makes it easy to turn off WebRTC.
Disable WebRTC in Mozilla Firefox
It is a lot easier with Mozilla Firefox. No plugins and extensions are needed to turn off WebRTC. A change in the settings is all that has to be made. First, you need to type “about: config” in the browser bar. Next, look for the setting “media.peerconnection.enabled” and set it to “false” to fix the WebRTC leak.
As an alternative, there are extensions for Firefox like NoScript, which in addition to WebRTC prevents many other scripts from running and strengthens your security. Just as for Google Chrome WebRTC Control is also available for Firefox. The functionality differs neither in operation nor in effect and thus serves its purpose. Particularly for users who often switch between different browsers, this plugin could be an option.
Turn off WebRTC to protect your privacy
Concluding, it should be noted that in combination with a Virtual Private Network WebRTC should be turned off for security reasons. Even though most users did not have any contact with it so far, they should be aware of this tool that is activated in their browser. If there are complications still, there are options for both Chrome and Firefox to restore online privacy and to prevent identification of your location for your personal protection.