Back when Facebook Quizzes were a thing, we would readily click “Agree” regardless of how much profile information we were giving these apps to access. And over the years, we have probably granted access to dozens more apps just like these without even remembering.
Our social media accounts are probably something that we have had for a while now. When registering apps these days only requiring a Facebook or Google login, one does not even need to sign up with a name or email address any longer to automatically log in to new apps.
And over time, we are probably granting these apps more access to our personal Facebook and Google information than we even realise.
As such, BolehVPN encourages you to check on your apps long forgotten and what data your apps have access to that may secretly be siphoning your personal data in the background.
- Firstly, to check which apps have access to your Facebook information, click on the Menu button (the triangle arrow pointing downwards on the upper right) and select Settings from the drop-down list.
- Next, click on Apps on the left-hand side of the screen. A list of all the apps you have ever logged in using your Facebook credentials will appear here.
- From there, you can edit settings to view and control what each app can access, or click the X to remove it entirely.
- If you want to remove apps connected to your Instagram that you may have linked over the years, you can clean up the apps that you no longer use by first logging in to the Instagram website on your computer.
- Go to your Profile by clicking the User Icon on the top right of your screen.
- Click on Settings (the little gear icon) and select Authorised Apps from the menu.
- Here should appear any apps or websites which are linked to your Instagram account, whereby you can click Revoke Access on any apps that you no longer use.
- On Twitter, start by firstly clicking on your account and select Settings and Privacy from the drop-down menu.
- Then, click on Apps from the menu on the left, which will display a list of applications which have access to your Twitter account.
- Click the Revoke Access button for any of the apps you do not want tracking you.
- On Google, begin with logging into your Google account.
- Secondly, select My Account, which can be found by either clicking on Google Apps or the Google Account icon.
- Under Sign-in & Security, click on Apps With Account Access. A list of apps you gave permission to access will appear here.
- Click Manage Apps to review and remove the apps you no longer use or trust.