How TikTok in-app browser can monitor your every click
Do you know how when you click on a link, certain well-known applications won’t allow you to leave the app but instead open the link in their own tiny in-app browser?
It turns out that this gives these apps the ability to watch what you do. TikTok seems to be the worst offender among the most well-known apps that do this.
When Krause looked a little closer at what these apps’ in-app browsers actually did, he discovered that TikTok performs several questionable actions, such as tracking every user’s keyboard presses and input. Thus, TikTok can access all of your credit card information if you open a web page within the app and enter it there. Out of all the apps Krause has investigated, TikTok is the only one that doesn’t even provide a choice to open the link in the device’s default browser, requiring you to use its own in-app browser instead.