The Division 2 shows your public IP to others by default

Leaving VOIP enabled in The Division 2 could put your public IP at risk.

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The Division 2’s private beta kicked off yesterday and players all around the world have been diving into the second installment of Ubisoft’s shoot and loot series. While this should be a time of celebration for fans of the series, some bad news broke today as a popular Twitch streamer named BikeMan took to Twitter to reveal some troubling information for players.

According to BikeMan, leaving VOIP enabled while playing The Division 2 exposes your public IP, giving players way more information than they should need to play an online game with you. For Twitch streamers like BikeMan, and other “internet celebrities” out there, this is troubling news as exposure of their public IP could lead to malicious DDoS attacks. We hopped into the game to confirm the reports, and according to the settings menu, having VOIP enabled does indeed expose your public IP to others.

The Division 2 VOIP settings
You will need to manually disable VOIP to hide your public IP.

There isn’t really much reasoning for why this is a thing, or why it’s even included in the game. But if you want to protect your IP—which you should in this day and age—then you’re going to want to disable VOIP as soon as you launch the game and have access to the settings. Thankfully, you can do this pretty easily by opening up the settings menu and then looking for the Disable VOIP option under the Audio tab.

While some have been quick to point out in replies to BikeMan’s tweet that having access to your public IP doesn’t necessarily mean they can find you, it is far more information than anyone should need to talk to you in an online video game. We aren’t sure why Ubisoft chose to have this in the game, but we do know that the first game included the same type of setting. Unfortunately, right now, your settings won’t save when you restart the game, so make sure you disable VOIP each time you launch it.

For more help, make sure you also check out our The Division 2 guides.

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    February 8, 2019 9:25 AM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, The Division 2 shows your public IP to others by default

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      February 8, 2019 9:38 AM

      Concerning, but I'm sure will be fixed/obfuscated long before release. At least I hope it would.

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        February 8, 2019 9:53 AM

        The first game did this too.

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          February 8, 2019 10:33 AM

          Wait, did they ever change it or is it still like that? I've never paid enough attention to notice.

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            February 8, 2019 10:46 AM

            It's still like that, unfortunately. I checked before I wrote the article.

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              February 8, 2019 10:56 AM

              Well that pretty much means they wont be changing it then. Hopefully players are smart enough to have a hardened firewall.

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              February 8, 2019 11:21 AM

              fact checking?!?

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      February 8, 2019 10:05 AM

      It could be just something harmless they have turned on to help th with debugging.

      It is supposably a beta after all.

      Clickbaity as hell imo.

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        February 8, 2019 4:01 PM

        Hi, winterface... I actually know quite a few larger streamers that I've met during my personal time, and many of them are actually REALLY worried about this issue, so ya know. Probably why we thought it should be covered or something.

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          February 8, 2019 4:05 PM

          any streamer with a clue should be running through a VPN anyway.

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            February 8, 2019 4:44 PM

            Wouldn't that add a ton of latency, relatively speaking in the world of competitive gaming?

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              February 8, 2019 4:57 PM

              A quality for pay service shouldn't be that noticeable but it's the trade off for being able to recover if you are targeted by a ddos attack and get back online.

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      February 8, 2019 12:31 PM

      That's dumb as hell. I wonder why?

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        February 8, 2019 12:45 PM

        P2p? dunno

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        February 8, 2019 12:46 PM

        Peer-to-peer voice chat, I think. The option for enabling and disabling voice chat has a tooltip that mentions exposing your public IP.

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        February 8, 2019 1:37 PM

        Because voice chat is P2P

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      February 8, 2019 12:46 PM

      I always spend at least few minutes in options before I fire up a new game. Found it right away.

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      February 8, 2019 4:58 PM

      THEIR COMPUTERS ARE BROADCASTING AN IP ADDRESS!!!