Clean up your account access.

 

Today we live in a world dominated by various different accounts via Google or Gmail, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, etc.

To ease access sharing amongst different websites and apps these accounts have enabled the ability to log in or grant access to various pieces of your data between accounts. The model of having a separate username and password for every single web page you visit is changing to be a thing of the past. You can login simply with your Facebook or Google account, etc.

When doing this you grant that website or app access to various portions of data from the service you use. For example if you sign into a website with your Facebook account, you may also be giving that site permission to access your Facebook friends list or your geo-location data.

While this makes things a lot easier, it also creates some potential privacy issues later on as you no longer use these sites or apps, but they still retain access that you had already granted them.

To that end, most of the major authentication websites provide you with a way to prune down your list of access that you have granted in the past. It's a good idea to check these every once and awhile and make sure only the sites and apps that you still use have access and weed out and remove the ones you no longer want having access to your data.

To do this for your Google/GMail account, use this link:

https://www.google.com/accounts/IssuedAuthSubTokens

To do this for your Facebook account, use this link:

http://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=applications

To do this for your Windows Live (Hotmail, Messenger, etc) account, use this link:

https://profile.live.com/Services/?view=manage

To do this for your Twitter account, use this link:

http://twitter.com/settings/connections


And if you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers to access the internet you can use an add-on to these browsers to help make this even easier and give you access to many other accounts not listed above.

http://mypermissions.org/