WebRTC During Webinars: Pros and Cons

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Video conferencing no longer requires Flash. This technology has become unnecessary for users because modern browsers no longer use it. Webinars have also gone without it for a long time. Nowadays, WebRTC is more common. So, have most webinar hosting services switched to WebRTC? Not exactly. Lately, you will often hear that users do not want to use WeRTC or that it’s just not working. In this post, we will explore what benefits, if any, that WebRTC technology has brought for webinars and video conferencing. What are the disadvantages that lead webinar hosting platforms to look for alternative technologies? And what solutions does MyOwnConference recommend?

What is WebRTC?

Online meeting platforms can stream and process audio and video streams using an updated browser without installing additional plugins. Web browsers read information from the hardware themselves, provided that you have allowed the browser access to the camera and microphone.

For webinars and video conferencing, this is often possible thanks to WebRTC. However, despite the amount of effort spent on the development of this software, it seems to not have met expectations by 100%.

High hopes were pinned on the WebRTC technology, but now we see that not only is it relatively dysfunctional, but it also does not provide complete protection of user data. For users who are worried about their privacy, an unpleasant discovery is that WebRTC detects their real IP addresses. At the same time, neither a proxy nor the use of the Tor network can help maintain anonymity. 

Yes, you can still hide the IP address using various VPN services, as well as by setting up the TURN server. But in these cases, WebRTC will not work as expected.

Also, what about corporate networks where the UDP protocol that WebRTC uses can be blocked for security reasons? For example, so that the browser, in principle, cannot access your hardware. Do you resort to not hosting webinars at all? Or carry them out to the detriment of security?

Well, first, you can use https://browserleaks.com/webrtc to check if this software is currently on your computer. Check the WebRTC Support Detection sections and you should see these lines: RTCPeerConnection and RTCDataChannel. In the event that these characteristics indicate True, then WebRTC is working for you. If not, then the word False will appear.

Read also: Make your MyOwnConference account even more secure.

On Webinars Without WebRTC

After disabling this software, many users have had questions regarding reliable online data transmission. If there is a need to create a secure and anonymous connection, two different approaches can be used:

1.VPN 

With this application, you can hide the IP address of your device. In this case, the transfer of information will be anonymous. Other users will not be able to determine both your IP address and the characteristics of the gadget. However, privacy comes at the price of weak internet connections and disruptions.

2. Choose a webinar service that allows you to disable WebRTC

An example of such a service is MyOwnConference. The service developers provide their users with a unique technology with which you can conduct webinars, online conferences, and distance learning. At the same time, you won’t have to worry about the safety of your data.

MyOwnConference offers two options for hosting an online event. The first method does not provide additional software installation – you simply open the webinar in a browser and conduct the webinar. The second is with the help of a special secure plug-in that can be downloaded to your device in a couple of seconds.

The benefits of using a webinar service as MyOwnConference include:

  • High quality internet connection
  • The option to conduct webinars without using WebRTC in a browser
  • Seamless online activities for attendees from around the globe
  • Practically unlimited audience size 

Conclusion: Should I disable WebRTC during webinars?

On the one hand, WebRTC technology has provided an additional impetus to the development of video conferencing, allowing webinars and other online events to be held without downloading additional programs and plugins. But on the other hand, users who are worried about their safety during data transfer prefer to turn it off.

As you can see, there is always a choice. If you need to conduct video conferencing regularly and you do not want or cannot use WebRTC, choose a secure webinar and video conferencing service for this.

You can check how MyOwnConference implements this secure function, even on a free plan.

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