We all use Web 2.0 & other online profiles these days, These can range from your Inbox to Timeline. These websites hold a lot of sensitive and private information about yourself. Agree with that? I am sure you did. Then how about we give another person, access to these information? Not so comfortable with that right? But the truth is you have done that already and will keep doing it in future. Don’t blame yourselves, You are just using what was provided to you officially.
While browsing the web haven’t you come across those shiny registration buttons with a ‘Login with Facebook‘ , ‘Login with Twitter‘ or ‘Login with Google Account‘ etc? These are meant to ease your website browsing experiences. But why would you want to give a third party developer, Access to your private information on Facebook or Twitter?
I know it can be tempting to just hit the ‘Login with Facebook’ button and forget the form filling when you have to register on a website. But it does a lot more than just using your Name and Email address to autofill the registration form. You must have come face to face with these popup boxes when registering on a site with your web profiles. Look at the circled part and see what information the app is requesting. Do you think it is safe to give out your information to a third party?
How to Fix This?
All these web profiles and accounts provide you with a settings/configurations page where you can see all the apps to which you have given permission to access your account. Also they provide a button to revoke their access. Do it!
Here I will list the revoke access settings page links of some popular websites. After you visit those pages, The rest of the steps are self explanatory > Just hit the Revoke Access or Deny or whatever the name of the button is.
You can use Google to login to many online services, This can even increase when you are using an Android device connected to your Google account.
Follow this link to Revoke Access to Google Account.
Facebook is one of the popular ‘Login with’ option for many websites, Many online blogs and journals use this to keep users connected to their websites and serve their content directly to the user’s feed.
Follow this link to Revoke Access to Facebook Account.
In case of Twitter, I assume most of the twitter users must have come across some kind of Automated follow/unfollow tool which requires you to grant access to your Twitter account in order to continue, Well now remove them.
Follow this link to Revoke Access to Twitter Account.
Yahoo is also a popular substitute to registration forms on many websites, You can find a range of other services connected to your Yahoo account such as Pipes or some other Feed services.
Follow this link to Revoke Access to Yahoo Account.
Allowing access to your account is not bad, Just make sure that the service you are allowing is trustworthy and has a good review by previous users. You don’t want to end up spamming your friend list or email list with some cheap promotional stuff just because you were lazy to fill up a registration form.
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