The InAppBrowser tool
- For phones (iOS/Android) – First, users must open the app they want to test. Then, load inappbrowser.com in the app’s built-in web browser. (Note: Users can easily do this by sending the link to themselves in a message, post, or comment.) In addition, users can open a link to a website in the app and then go to inappbrowser.com.
- On desktop – To test websites and browser extensions, users can open their preferred browser and go to inappbrowser.com.
Drawbacks of the InAppBrowser tool
There are a few drawbacks to using this tool. Here they are –
- InAppBrowser does not alert users to other tracking forms used by apps, browsers, and websites. Thus, an app might pass the test by InAppBrowser but still collect user data by other methods. Therefore, users shouldn’t rely solely on this tool to test an app’s safety.
- Deleting the app is the best solution since if the app isn’t on one’s phone, it can’t track.
- Disable app tracking in the iOS or Android Settings menu and turn off location tracking too. (Note: It is best to change these settings even if every app on one’s phone passes the test by InAppBrowser.)