How to Disable WebGL

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For those who are particularly security conscious, any sort of potential vulnerability is worrisome. Within browsers, a functionality called WebGL allows web developers to run code directly on the video card which of course isn’t exactly something you’d want to let web applications do. While web browsers attempt to protect against major security vulnerabilities by sandboxing the webapps, having the functionality to begin with could become a vulnerability.

While WebGL vulnerabilities are still a debated topic among security researchers, the easy way to prevent any issues is just to disable it. Here’s how.

 

Disable WebGL in Chrome

Step 1

Download the Disable WebGL Chrome Extension

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Step 2

If the download was successful, WebGL should be immediately disabled. You can check this by testing for IPLeaks.

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Disable WebGL in Chrome

Step 1

Open up Firefox and type in about:config into the address bar.

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Step 2

Type in webgl.disable into the Search bar. Find webgl.disabled. If the value is false, double click on the webgl.disabled row to turn it on to make it true.

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Step 3

WebGL should now be disabled. You can check this by testing for IPLeaks.

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