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Clean Your Social Media App Permissions in Two Minutes or Less

Updated on March 3, 2014

Do you know who can access your personal data on social sites? MyPermissions lets you clean those social app permissions in no time.

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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.

Your Turn

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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    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      It's a new month, folks. Time to check your social apps permissions!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Nichola. Glad to be of help! MyPermissions is a valuable little tool for me. And with so many social connections, their email reminder service helps me stay on top of things.

    • BizTipOfTheDay profile image

      Nichola Bell 

      5 years ago

      Great post. Valuable information for those of us so "socially" connected.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Joseph. Thank you for stopping by and posting a comment. I appreciate your input and additional information on the IFTTT system. Merry Christmas!

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      Joseph Renne 

      5 years ago from Milton

      I really like IFTTT Trigger system, great way to update all your news and everything on there. I have weather alerts to my phone/email. the facebook to twitter. Great little gadget. Easy for anyone to use and compatible with a lot of sites.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thanks, Judith. My Permissions is a great little tool for keeping up with my privacy settings. I hope you'll find it handy, too.

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      Judith C Evans 

      5 years ago from Boise, ID

      Definitely a useful, informative hub. Voted up and sharing!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, Victor. So glad you found this hub to be helpful.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      This is a great service.Am definitely checking it out. Thanks

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, RTalloni. It's a great little tool, and you can clean up your social media accounts in minutes.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for highlighting Avi Charkham's My Permissions. Looks like a fabulous tool!

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, Donna. I hope this new resource will help you find the application and revoke those privileges!

    • DonnaCosmato profile image

      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is extremely valuable information as I am currently trying to revoke an app! Thanks for taking the time to investigate this subject and provide us all with another resource tool.

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