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Old 20 Jul 2012, 11:37
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Angry Beware of using Tapatalk and Forum Runner

Hi,

Mobile devices need a different lightweight kind of UI than the styles designed for desktop/laptop computers. Therefore mobile forum UI apps like Forum Runner and Tapatalk have gained popularity with forum users and admins in recent years. However there are problems with using these apps which forum admins need to be aware of.

The problem is, and I learned this the hard way that while these apps respect default vbulletin permissions, they don't work with custom mods that alter these permissions since the APIs don't call the hooks that these mods use. So what happens is that you may find that a mod which works perfectly with desktops will not work/can be bypassed with these mobile apps.

In Tapatalk most of these hooks are just commented out. You can uncomment them and get some of the mods working but this may not work correctly or it could prevent tapatalk from functioning correctly.

So if you have some custom mods that is necessary for normal functioning of your forum then consider that these mod may not work with Tapatalk/Forum Runner and users may be able to bypass any custom permissions that you have set. In some cases this may outweigh any additional functionality that these mobile apps offer and you may have to dispense with the use of these mobile apps altogether so that your custom mods work properly.
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 12:16
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All true- learned this long ago... I have kept them available since I felt bad users paid for them just for my site but now I encourage people to use the mobile style instead because one day I will be ending support for both apps- (when my users figure it out. )
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Old 27 Jul 2012, 04:53
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So Tapatalk could be used to spy on restricted forums like admin sections?
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Old 27 Jul 2012, 06:11
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So Tapatalk could be used to spy on restricted forums like admin sections?
I have known this to happen, yes.
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Old 27 Jul 2012, 07:11
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So Tapatalk could be used to spy on restricted forums like admin sections?
There you go .. http://support.tapatalk.com/threads/...ccessed.11096/
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Old 27 Jul 2012, 14:19
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So Tapatalk could be used to spy on restricted forums like admin sections?
Not if you use the vBulletin built in permissions to control access. If you rely on a 3rd party mod to control access then yes.

One way to test would be to go to Admin CP -> settings -> Options -> Plugin / Hook System and disable it.

If you can access your "hidden" forums as a regular user with plugins disabled then so can tapatalk users. If you can't then you are safe in that respect.

But anything users can do with plugins disabled they can do on tapatalk.
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Old 02 Sep 2012, 20:36
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Good to know.
Also renders your Google ads useless.
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Old 05 Sep 2012, 16:41
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is this a real concern guys ? as i have both loaded on my forum ?
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Old 06 Sep 2012, 14:31
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It's only a concern if you use 3rd party mods to restrict permissions. Built in permissions are respected by both plugins.
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Old 06 Sep 2012, 16:21
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cool thanks, i dont use 3rd party, stick with VB as much as possible
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Old 10 Sep 2012, 06:16
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Not a fan of tapatalk to be honest.
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Old 12 Sep 2012, 20:46
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Old 09 Jun 2018, 08:58
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I think there was not mentioned how to disable/remove Tapatalk? anyone please?
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Old 09 Jun 2018, 13:26
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I think there was not mentioned how to disable/remove Tapatalk? anyone please?
To disable and remove Tapatalk go to your Admin CP -> Plugins & Products -> Product Manager, find Tapatalk, choose "Uninstall" from the drop down menu.

Then log into your server either File Manager via cPanel/Plesk or by FTP and delete the folder Tapatalk was installed in, by default it's something like mobiquo IIRC but it can be customized.

You should probably also log into Tapatalk and mark you have removed your site or whatever or you'll keep getting emails from them that the site isn't setup correctly.
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Old 28 Jun 2018, 23:22
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I think there was not mentioned how to disable/remove Tapatalk? anyone please?
this is a 6 year old thread, you should keep TapaTalk enabled.
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