As we hop around the web, visiting sites, we’re often asked for permission to access our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other accounts. If you play a game on Facebook, such as Words with Friends or Farmville, or use apps such as Birthday Calendar or My World Friends Map, you’ve granted permission to access your Facebook account.
When you use apps on your smartphone or tablet that post to Twitter or Facebook, you give permission to those apps to access your accounts. When you sign in to a website using your Google, Yahoo, Facebook or Twitter accounts you’re granting that website permission to access these accounts.
There may be absolutely nothing wrong with granting permission to these websites and apps, but if you’re not using them anymore then you should delete these permissions. No need to allow anyone else access to your accounts if it no longer benefits you.
Every so often I go into Facebook and Twitter to make sure I don’t have any apps accessing my accounts that don’t need to. But instead of going into these sites individually, you can now use a handy website with links to clean up permissions at many sites.
The site mypermissions.org has links to
Clicking on the icon at the site takes you straight to the permissions page so you can delete any permissions you don’t need any more.
If your children have Facebook accounts, you should use this site with them. Your children may have granted access to dozens of apps.
Deleting unnecessary permissions won’t take you very long using this handy site. Make sure to do this regularly so unwanted permissions don’t start accumulating again.
Do you clear out your permissions regularly? Were you surprised by how many sites had access to your accounts? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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