This warning comes after the release of Apple’s iOS 14 telling iPhone users that their phone’s clipboard are subject to spying by the now most popular social media app, TikTok. Because, China. And well for another thing. Because TikTok is the 4th Most Popular Free iPhone Apps Download in 2019.
But just like the Russian app FaceApp, TikTok is not just the only app installed in our phone ‘spying’ and ‘invading’ our privacy. Let’s not forget that there are also reports gathered that the iPhone itself is spying on users’ data. And so does is Facebook.
And to shorten this report, in a nutshell, TikTok is by any means not the only culprit in this cybersecurity issue. Other apps have also accessed the clipboard on iPhone and iPad, like several others, including The New York Times, Google News, AccuWeather, Overstock, and others.
As a piece of advise, there’s nothing wrong about being mindful and always prepared for cybersecurity threats and spywares on our devices. Just don’t overdo it.
Accept that fact that in this generation, anything can be hacked, compromised, and stolen. If you think the app you are about to install gives you the gut-wrenching feeling that it will do more harm than good on your personal data stored in your device, then stop accepting and installing the app right away.
And even if you’ve already instaled the app, it will also ask permission from you on which features and files saved on your phone they can be granted access to.
The solution is for you to review your applications’ settings and check or uncheck anything that is not necessary for your usage.
Remember, even Facebook, which I bet you’re logged in to right now, can grant access and reveal sensitive data from your mobile phone to other apps (already installed in your devices) unless you change your privacy settings.