Vivaldi and Security



  • Vivaldi is coming along nicely, but there are a few things that are still keeping me from using it. WebRTC still cannot be [b]disabled[/b]. This is a chrome issue, where they apparently aren't as security conscious as, say, Mozilla. It is supposed to be able to be spoofed with addons, but those never work as they are supposed to. Also, plugins ( flash, java, silverlight, etc)cannot be toggled on and off. It would be nice if that were possible that way they only need to be turned on when the user wants to use them. Having them on all the time is a potential security risk. I know these are both chrome issues, but Vivaldi is supposed to be a better Chrome.



  • Enter vivaldi://plugins in the address field or goto "Menu -> tools -> plugins". You should then be able to disable the ones you want. There's also an "always run" checkbox for each.

    Also, I don't know if it works, but if you enter chrome://settings/content in the address field and then goto the "Plugins" section, you can control the default behavior for plug-ins, including site exceptions.

    As for the webrtc issue, I think this official extension is the one you need to use https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/webrtc-network-limiter/npeicpdbkakmehahjeeohfdhnlpdklia

    Also see https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=457492#c32 to manually work around things if you don't want to use the extension.

    Those workarounds don't disable webrtc though. They just stop the ip leaking in most cases, which is the main reason for wanting to disable webrtc.

    You can check the status of the local ip leaking with https://www.browserleaks.com/webrtc

    Would be nice if an option was just provided to disable it though.



  • @burnout426:

    … As for the webrtc issue, I think this official extension is the one you need to use https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/webrtc-network-limiter/npeicpdbkakmehahjeeohfdhnlpdklia ... You can check the status of the local ip leaking with https://www.browserleaks.com/webrtc ...

    Thanks for the info. The WebRTC Network Limiter extension works fine in Vivaldi to stop the local IP leakage from Vivaldi on this system, when I select the third item down in their options list ("Use only my default public IP address"). I'm always interested in reducing my systems' tracking/target surface…


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