Can the TikTok app see everything you type?
For example, in the case of the TikTok in-app browser, Krause says the code “behaves like a keylogger.” That’s obviously incredibly concerning. But the company claims that it does not use the code in question to track everything you type or tap.
TikTok spokesperson Maureen Shanahan shared the following statement with Forbes:
Even if TikTok is not currently collecting every keystroke, the company could change its mind in the future. At the very least, it’s clearly worth thinking twice before typing a password or a credit card number into a third-party website on TikTok’s in-app browser.
How to avoid in-app browsers
In order to avoid any potential security pitfalls, Krause suggests switching to your device’s default browser whenever possible. In-app browsers usually give you a choice to switch to Safari or Chrome. There might even be a button at the bottom of the screen.
If not, you might have to go to the trouble of copying and pasting a URL from the in-app browser. TikTok is one app that doesn’t have a button to open a link in your device’s default browser. Your best bet might be to just search for the website you want to visit in your default browser rather than navigating through TikTok’s in-app browser.