TikTok is an app popular with teens and young adults. It is a social media platform where users can share short videos similar to Vine or Snapchat. It has been in the headlines a lot lately about its security, with several publishers and companies posting informationon about the app. It all started when, in 2019, the Peterson Institute called enforcement a threat to national security.
Then, with the beta versions of iOS 14, we saw that TikTok secretly accesses data on your clipboard, thanks to a new security feature in the OS. Now even the American government considering a ban on the application. Here’s what the experts are saying.
First, we have the Redditor which claims have reverse-engineered the application. User “bangerlol” states that the app collects a lot of informationon about your phone like hardware components, apps you have installed, network data, whether you are rooted / jailbroken and your email address (es) leak in HTTPS REST API applications.
Then we have the security company Zimperium. His full analysis of TikTok is behind a barrier (you’ll need to give them your business name, title, email address, etc.). Using his Advanced analysis of z3A apps, he said that both iOS and Android versions of TikTok had high privacy and medium security risks, scoring 98/100 for privacy and 82/100 for security (a high score is bad).