Today our desktops and mobile devices such as tabs, laptops and smartphones are loaded with multiple apps. No doubt these apps are useful and make our life easy. Most of these apps are the popular social media apps such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter and many more. We use security login credentials for these apps and often believe that our personal information remains safe with a user name and a password.
But this may not always be true as social media are often hotspots where our personal information is at risk. And the risks are introduced by number of other apps that are clinging to the original apps that we trust. Here is a powerful tool that scans and controls these additional apps that might have got permission to access your personal information. This tool is called MyPermissions.
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MyPermissions is a simple and free tool that scans the social websites that you use and makes a list of permissions that various apps have. From that list, you can either keep or cancel all app permissions from your social website accounts. With the help of this tool, you can know how many applications can access your personal online information. Once you know this, you can choose to either keep or stop these apps from using your information. MyPermissions filters through all these apps based on the permissions given by you. This way, the tool serves just like a watchdog for your social media accounts.
MyPermissions stops users from sharing their personal info such as emails, contacts, location, documents and photos on various social media websites and brings a list of ‘other’ apps that might use this information. Looking at the list, you can easily control the permissions for these apps to access this information. In fact, you can clear all these permissions in a single click.
MyPermissions offers round-the-clock protection to your private information by providing alerts. While doing this, the tool doesn’t keep any of the personal data. In order to do so, MyPermissions uses the current logged on user for social media accounts like Facebook. This way, MyPermissions can access the list of apps and scan it without using the user’s credentials.
How to use MyPermissions app
Using MyPermissions tool is very easy. Go to the MyPermissions home page. Download the extension or app for the browser you are using.
Here is an example for the Chrome browser. You can even opt for downloading the app for your Android or iOS device. Once you do this, the tool starts scanning app permissions.
After it finishes, a list of accounts appears on the screen for which you’d like to scan.
You simply need to click on the account for which you want MyPermissions to scan the permissions. It scans your account for external connections.
At the end, a report is generated for different apps that have access to your information. When you click on ‘Show Me’, you can see the types of permissions that these webpages or apps have.
When you download MyPermissions as an extension to your browser, it automatically starts scanning the webpages. While doing so, it won’t ask for your username and password because it follows the same security restrictions that are applied to other extensions. It stores the apps that are marked as ‘Trusted’ by the user. For such accounts it does not produce any alert. There is a facility on MyPermissions where you can register and you will receive a monthly email reminder for checking your permissions.
MyPermissions is a decent tool to scan the permissions unknowingly given to different apps. Head over to the MyPermissions home page to check it out, and let us know your take on it.