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  • 4 June 2023
  • Last Update 22 May 2023 06:50

UC Web Browser Suspected of Storing User Data

UC browser owned by tech giant Alibaba

At this month’s washing, UC Web Browser either from Google’s Play Store or Apple’s iOS Apps Store, users will be promised with “Ignonito” mode or incognito mode, no web browsing and history recorded other than a quick download mode

Uc browser security in doubt

UC Web Browser is one of the most popular browser applications in the world. Google Play Store data alone has reached 500 million downloads. Therefore UC Web is entering a large number of users of search engine applications.

UC Web Is Not Safe for Privacy

What UC web promised in terms of privacy turned out to be a lie, quoted from one of the security researchers Gabi Cirlig who conducted research and was verified also by two security researchers found that UC web user data is either in normal mode or incognito sent to one of the servers that have an identity from China (playing .cn),   Even though the location of the server hosting is in the US.

Cirlig was able to uncover the problem by reverse-engineering some of the encrypted data he saw being sent back to Beijing.

Once the key is hacked, he can see that every time he visits the website. The site was encrypted and sent back to Alibaba. In Apple’s iOS, he doesn’t even need to reverse engineer encryption. Because it’s effectively not on the device (albeit encrypted on the go).

According to a report in The Information in April, Alibaba’s $600 billion market is therefore concerned about Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature, which allows users to block apps from tracking them.

Alibaba’s business is being boosted by ads backed by large amounts of user data. That one of its most popular mobile apps is now unable to be accessed in Apple’s App Store. This is one of the first real signs that the iPhone maker’s hard line in privacy is causing significant problems for companies like Alibaba.

Updates After Indicated

It’s not just Chinese tech giants found tracking users. The problem at UC Web Browser is no different from the one discovered by Cirlig last year. When he reviewed the security of Xiaomi’s browser, the default app for web searches on the Chinese giant’s phones.

It does the same, recording every website the user visits, even when the user is in incognito mode.

Although it denies the researchers’ findings. App developers are issuing an update that allows users to opt out of what they perceive as anonymized aggregate data collection.

The news comes just after Cirlig discovered another Chinese app developer Cheetah Mobile. The app, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has a security app with a “private” browser that collects information. Inform about internet usage and the name of Wi-Fi access points, among other data.

Cheetah says it needs data to help ensure users don’t visit malicious websites and apps are working properly.

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