What is WebRTC and how to deal with it

WebRTC is a solution developed by Google that was created to share video and other information in real time. It does not require the launch of special software or the use of social networks, messengers. In simple words, with the help of WebRTC you can make a video call without Skype or other messenger directly in the browser window.

Despite the fact that the development of WebRTC was invested a lot of effort, money and other resources, it has not lived up to expectations, and today is not only unable to cope with its function, but also is dangerous. The problem is the connection technology. WebRTC establishes a direct connection between users’ devices, which may result in the leakage of some information, in particular, the actual IP addresses.

Moreover, with WebRTC it is impossible to mask the IP address even when using a proxy or VPN!

The problem wouldn’t be so pressing if WebRTC was implemented as an application that requires installation, but it is by default included with the most popular browsers, such as Google Chrome. Moreover, it is activated right after installation on the device!

That’s why users who are worried about their security during data transfer prefer to turn it off. There are two ways to do this with Google Chrome:

  • Through the WebRTC Leak Prevent application (the rating is very high, 151,000 installations) or a similar program.
  • Manually making settings in the browser interface. The option is suitable for users of mobile devices running the Android OS. To do this, enter the phrase “chrome://flags/#disable-webrtc” in your browser, then find and activate the function “Disable WebRTC Android”.

Alternatives to WebRTC

When WebRTC is switched off, the issue of reliable online data transfer is still a topical one for many users. For this purpose, you can use traditional methods – messengers (WhatsApp, Skype, Telegram), which are specially designed for this purpose, or messenger of social network Facebook.

If you need to create a secure and anonymous connection, you can use two different approaches:

  • VPN. By installing a browser application, you can mask your IP address and send information anonymously. The recipient will not be able to determine the IP address and settings of the device. Disadvantages: Failure and slow connection may occur.
  • Proxy server. When you make settings in the browser interface or change the connection settings of an application or desktop program, you set the connection to 100% anonymous. Moreover, when using multiple proxies, you can establish several different connections at the same time, each time masking your real geographical location, which will not be revealed by either the remote user or the requested online resource.
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