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Clean Your Social Media App Permissions in Two Minutes or Less
Do you know who can access your personal data on social sites? MyPermissions lets you clean those social app permissions in no time.
Got Two Minutes?
Do you have a Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ profile? Who can access your personal data for those accounts? You might be surprised.
Even with a good privacy system in place, it is easy to forget who can access your data through permissions and privileges that you granted them. MyPermissions, a nifty online tool, makes it easy to manage your social media permissions from a central location.
MyPermissions is the creation of Avi Charkham, an Israeli entrepreneur who co-founded Familio, a video and photo sharing website for families.
MyPermissions is essentially a bookmark to the permissions pages of 11 major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Instagram, Foursquare, Windows Live, AOL, and Flickr.
The free tool does not require access to any of your social services, and you can request a monthly email reminder to check your social permissions through an If This Then That (IFTTT) automation service "recipe." Here's more information about the free cleaner.
Clean Your Permissions
It is a good idea to evaluate your social media accounts and review your permissions on a regular basis. MyPermissions makes the job a little easier.
The free online tool lets you adjust your permission and privacy settings for some of the top social media services. And you can fiinish the task in two minutes or less.
MyPermissions has received comments from nearly 400 users. Most comments are along the lines of "A brilliant tool," "I didn't realize how much stuff I was linked to," and "I don't remember installing half of those apps."
MyPermissions will not automatically restrict access to your social media accounts. It merely cuts through the tangled layers and links that hinder navigation through your privacy settings.
Once you identify the permissions you granted to a particular service, you decide whether or not to revoke those privileges.
With so many websites requesting access to your social accounts, discernment is crucial before you install a application. Always examine the permissions before downloading an app, and never install one that makes you uncomfortable about sharing your personal information.
How do you monitor your social media app permissions? Leave a comment and join the discussion. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.
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- Liebowitz, Matt. (January 6, 2012) "New Website Finds and Fixes all Your Privacy Settings." MSNBC. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Pinola, Melanie. (January 3, 2012) "One Convenient Place to Start Cleaning Up Your Apps Permissions." Lifehacker. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
© 2012 Annette R. Smith