How to block employees from using TikTok on their computers?

Data security and privacy concerns have led the US Military, India, and other government entities to ban the use of the app on their devices. 

Why is United States banning TikTok?

The US issued orders to ban TikTok on November 12, 2020 to safeguard national security. There are growing concerns about data collection through TikTok such as facial recognition, location data, and A.I. based image scanning can be used for nefarious purposes should Bytedance be compelled to share that data with the Chinese government.

Will you still be able to use TikTok after the ban?

We strongly recommend avoiding TikTok. However, tech-savvy users will be able to bypass the ban by using VPN tunneling software. When enabled, VPN encrypts your traffic and masks your IP address. With a VPN, you can connect to a server located outside the US and continue to access TikTok. That way, your ISP can’t tell which country you’re accessing TikTok from.

How to block TikTok at your workplace using BrowseControl Web Filter?

If you don’t have a web filter installed on your company computers, chances are your advanced users will be able to consume content on TikTok. Let me show you how to block TikTok on their computers using BrowseControl in 3 easy steps.

  1. Install the CurrentWare Console on your computer.
  2. Install the CurrentWare Client on your employees’ computers.
  3. Create an Internet Usage policy to block TikTok and any VPN related websites on the CurrentWare Console and enforce it on your network.

Example of your Internet Usage Policy

  1. Add “TikTok” to BrowseControl’s blocked list. This will block the Tiktok homepage along with other Tiktok related CDN pages.

  2. Add “Social networks” & “Proxy” to BrowseControl’scategory blocked list. This will block your users from accessing VPN websites.

  3. When your employees try to browse to TikTok on their computer, they will encounter this blocked message:

Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu
Sai Kit Chu is a Product Manager with CurrentWare. He enjoys helping businesses improve their employee productivity & data loss prevention efforts through the deployment of the CurrentWare solutions.