Ever wondered just how many apps have access to your social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Well, a website called mypermissions.org will highlight what apps have access to Facebook and others too as well as highlighting what permissions they have.
mypermissions.org is a free app permission management tool which can be used from their website or from a mobile app. It automatically scans your app permissions on 12 websites (see below) as well as cleaning your app permissions in one click. You also receive alerts when apps gain access to your private information. mypermissions DOES NOT require (nor does it capture/store) your login credentials, although it does request a browser session to connect to the relevant website when using the mobile app.
The 12 websites that mypermissions reviews for you are: Facebook; Twitter; Google+; Yahoo!; LinkedIn; Dropbox; Instagram; Foursquare; Microsoft Live; Aol.; Flickr and Familio (only on iOS and Amazon mobile apps). Each website will have a webpage that manages their own apps and that of third-party apps (this page is sometimes referred to as ‘Authorized Apps) access to your account profile data. Most of these pages are difficult to find, so this app makes reviewing permissions very simple.
You can use mypermissions in the following ways:
- Chrome Extension – this extension will have access to your data on all the websites and access your tabs and browsing activities. As far as we can tell it only does this for the websites listed on the website. You can disable or delete this extension at any time by clicking the Menu icon > Tools > Extensions
Or you might want to download the app to use on iOS or Android:
- Google Play Store Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mypermissions.mypermissions – press and hold this link then tap ‘Open With Play Store App’ to download from Google Play Store
- Apple iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/permissions-free-by-mypermissions/id535720736?mt=8 on install, you have the option to allow or not Push Notifications. Just tap this link to download from iTunes
- Amazon kindle fire – http://www.amazon.com/Online-Permissions-Technologies-Ltd-MyPermissions/dp/B00BFS228E
Note: mypermissions also support the Familio app on iOS and Amazon.
For the benefit of my readers, I start with the Chrome extension. So how does this permissions management website work? If you are logged into say Facebook it will present you with apps that have access to Post in your name; Access your info; Know your location; Access your inbox or contacts; Access your info 24/7 and Access your media & files. This data is presented within the website. When you click the website logo/icon for another website (see below), then you will be taken to that website to login and that website will take you to a page to present you with the apps that have access to your data. This is very useful as it is difficult to find this data from Google Search.
Note: I had Facebook, Twitter and Google+ open (and logged in) on my Chrome tabs, however the mypermissions website only picked up the Facebook data. As it was I surprised to see I had 15 apps accessing more than 60 permissions on my Facebook profile!
I’ve also tested the Android and iOS app. What I did notice was that the Android app only presents you with 9 websites to check rather than the 11 on the website. Microsoft Live and Aol are missing. The iOS app presents you with all the 12 websites mentioned above. I didn’t notice any other differences to the Chrome extension. If you click on any icon i.e. Facebook you will of course be taken to a browser login rather than the app (if you are logged in) and the mypermissions app will not attempt to open the app, which reassured me. After all I want the control!
Are you wondering why you would use this this service? If you are, then you should be aware that it firstly gives you back the control and I can tell you, that you will be surprised to find old apps that still have access to your data, which is often either sold or rented – ever wondered why you get email or SMS spam? 🙁 . It also allows you to do some housekeeping.
Safe surfing folks!