Security issues raised by TikTok’s in-app browser


Security experts have raised new concerns about TikTok’s browser.

The in-app browser on iOS and Android would allow the company to monitor all inputs and taps, including every time you type on your keyboard. Security researcher Felix Krause shared the news in a recent post, but TikTok has since denied that the code is being used maliciously.

Krause said of the news: “From a technical point of view, this is equivalent to installing a keylogger on third-party websites, but added: “It’s not because an application injects JavaScript in external websites that the app is doing something malicious. ”

A TikTok spokesperson has since fired back, telling Forbes magazine that the code was only used for debugging and troubleshooting to provide users with an “optimal” experience on the platform. “We use an in-app browser to provide the best user experience, but the JavaScript code in question is only used for debugging, troubleshooting, and performance monitoring of that experience, such as checking the loading speed of ‘a page or if it crashes,’ the company said.

Krause suggests users avoid using TikTok as a browser and instead switch to a default web browser such as Safari on iOS and Chrome on Android.

Facebook and Instagram are other social networks that insert Javascript code into external websites, but a Meta spokesperson said they “intentionally developed this code to honor users’ choices for tracking transparency. applications (ATT)”.

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