MyPermissions : Protect Facebook & Social Accounts from Spamming Apps
We often come across various apps which asks for our Google account details or sites which require our Facebook details, We just provides access to these sites or apps and move on. It becomes so common that we have stop noticing which apps have access to our personal information. Obviously, this is not safe and Advisable. We can overcome this by an App which can set permissions to our 2nd party apps or which can secure our data from social sites, here we have it “MyPermissions” is the best thing for us.
Time named it One of the 50 Best Websites 2013, and it has also been featured on Wall Street Journal, Wired, MSNBC, The Verge, Lifehacker and more!
MyPermissions is one of the best app to control 3rd party app access , to your social media account like Facebook , Twitter , Google+ , Instagram , and many more.
How MyPermission works:
It Logs into each account separately, and then wait while MyPermissions scans for apps and permissions. Don’t panic if it initially claims it’s found none – the app tends to jump the gun, and once the screen clears a more accurate picture is painted. From here you can manage individual networks by tapping the name, which takes you to the service’s own apps page where you can revoke access manually.
Better still, the add-in will also alert you – either from within the app or using your phone’s notifications system – whenever an app from a supported service (Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo! or Dropbox) accesses your personal information, you know what’s going on and when.
Here’s how MyPermissions Android App works:
Once you install and run the app, you get this screen where you select the services / social profiles you want to monitor. You can add more later too so don’t be very specific about this now.
Next up, tap on a service to authenticate MyPermissions to access data from that particular profile. The app will only access the information about what apps are using the social profile. Don’t get alarmed when the app asks username and password, it only directs you to the login page of respective services.
Initially it claims zero apps found, of the selected service, but within a few seconds it shows more accurate results.
The app will automatically scan all the data about the app and what it is accessing. Once done, it will show you how many apps are accessing your personal information. You can manage things from here.
Additionally, you can also add other services and manage them via the app.
Next time you let an app/web service access your social profile details, MyPermissions will notify you.
As you can see, it is a really simplified way of managing things on your social profile.
You can share the app via facebook timeline, whatsapp, and also by messaging through your cell phones.
I don’t know how it actually figures out these things but this is actually ironic: once you give access to an app, it can access quite a lot of stuff from your social profile. And MyPermissions proves it although in a safe way.
Why should you use MyPermissions:
It’s not surprising to note that people can find out a ton of stuff about you through your social accounts on Facebook, Twitter and even Google Plus.
But the real threat comes from apps that have access to your social accounts. We routinely login to several apps and web service via our social accounts. Facebook and Twitter are often used to login to several apps across the web, on desktops and smart phones.
Several apps have access to our Facebook account. Feedly has access to our Google+ profile. So in essence, there’s a ton of apps accessing our social profile. What data do they have access to? Is it serious data that should actually be protected? Are the apps doing something that we should know of?
MyPermissions is a free, powerful way to scan, track and control how applications on mobile and the Web access your personal data. Know what apps are accessing what data – and approve them, or remove them. We take privacy and security online seriously and put the control back in your hands
Saurabh Mukhekar is a Tech Blogger from Pune, India. He is also thinker, maker, life long learner, hybrid developer, edupreneur, mover & shaker. He’s captain planet of BlogSaays and seemingly best described in rhyme. Follow Him On Facebook