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In essence, any software in the Internet is an inherent risk that your PC may become infected by a virus, malware, spyware or various other ‘bugs’ that threaten the security of your data. As such, the principal solution to combat viruses is to install firewalls and anti-malware software that work to defend your computer against any potential threats.
With WebRTC however, there’s no need to worry about any of that. Because WebRTC works from browser to browser, you don’t need to download any software or plugins in order to set up a video conference or VOIP call. All the security that you need is already contained within your browser and the WebRTC platform.
Some of the in-built security features contained within a WebRTC System include:
- Camera and Microphone Security
- Peer-to-Peer Encryption
- Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS)
- Secure Real-Time Protocol (SRTP)
Camera and Microphone Security
Unlike some other video and audio software, WebRTC requires the user to enable access to their microphone and camera before communications begin. Typically, your web browser will ask you to allow a webcam and microphone permission before getting connected.
Encryption is built in to WebRTC as a permanent feature and addresses all security concerns effectively. Regardless of what server or compatible browser you’re using, private peer-to-peer communication is safe thanks to WebRTC’s advanced end-to-end encryption features.
Data Transport Layer Security (DTLS)
Any data that is transferred through a WebRTC system is encrypted using the Datagram Transport Layer Security method. This encryption is already built-in to compatible web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Opera) thus eavesdropping or data manipulation can’t happen.
Secure Real-Time Protocol (SRTP)
In addition to offering DTLS encryption, WebRTC also encrypts data through Secure Real-Time Protocol, which safeguards IP communications from hackers, so your video and audio data is kept private.
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