Several major apps were known to secretly read everything you copy to your clipboard, and now two have been added. LinkedIn and Reddit confirm that they also have access to the clipboard in iOS and will be resolved soon.
LinkedIn and Reddit use clipboard bug in iOS
Now that many people are aware of the clipboard bug in iOS, companies are no longer getting away with it as easily as before. Especially now that iOS 14 gives notifications when an app views your clipboard. In this way, multiple applications have already been caught by developers who already have access to the beta version, now again.
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A developer with the iOS 14 beta recently announced that LinkedIn and Reddit are also secretly reading along with your clipboard. The Twitter user, called DonCubed, also shared videos in which the iOS 14 notification continues to appear in large numbers.
LinkedIn is copying the contents of my clipboard every keystroke. IOS 14 allows users to see each paste notification.
I’m on an IPad Pro and it’s copying from the clipboard of my MacBook Pro.
Tik tok just got called out for this exact reason. pic.twitter.com/l6NIT8ixEF
— Don 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 urspace.io (@DonCubed) July 2, 2020
Both companies responded and briefly explained why they use the clipboard. LinkedIn spokesperson Erran Berger says the app does this “to check to what extent the contents of the clipboard and text box match.” Reddit says it only looks at copied internet links to recommend certain messages based on this.
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Whether these are the only reasons remains difficult to estimate for users. Therefore, both LinkedIn and Reddit indicate that they will solve the problem with an upcoming update. Although LinkedIn did not specify this further, we can expect the Reddit fix on July 14.
Unsafe times for Apple users
In March it came out that various apps can read everything a user copies. The list of reading apps included big names such as TikTok, The Wall Street Journal, and Accuweather.
The same topic recently made headlines again when the iOS 14 beta came out, revealing that TikTok is still spying on the clipboard. This is very bad since the company promised to do something about this months ago.
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Apps are not currently the only threat to Apple users, as there is also currently EvilQuest ransomware targeting Macs. Fortunately, this is usually rare, as Apple attaches great importance to security and privacy.