MyPermissions – take control of your privacy permissions on social networks
Apr 11, 2013 10:54 AM –
MyPermissions is a blissfully simple application that gives you a direct control portal over the permissions you grant on social networks. With ‘the privacy issue’ being such a concern these days, especially with social networks, this tidy little application lets you view exactly what apps have what permissions and access to your social network spaces.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Let you easily monitor and control the various permissions your social networks have!
- Lets you set reminders to check permissions!
- Nicely designed dashboard!
- Easy to use!
- This isn’t so much of a con than where I think a little reassurance is needed. The app is driven on the fact you do not always retain who has access to what information, but when you log in you have to enter all your personal passwords, etc. into MyPermissions in order for it to analyse those permissions. While all this is safe, I felt there could have been more in the way or reassuring dialogue that such info is not retained by the developers.
So how does this work? If you’ve been using Android apps for a while now, my guess is you might have tried a few apps. Maybe a few Twitter clients, news apps that you wanted to be able to share to your Facebook wall from, launchers that wanted to contain social widgets and so forth. Even when you stop using those apps, they still keep these permissions.
For example, let’s take Boid for Android. I loved this Twitter app. It’s still a fine app but I prefer to use Carbon for Twitter now. Therefore, MyPermissions has told me that Boid is still permitted to post on Twitter- something which serves me little purpose as I no longer use the app. MyPermissions not only tells me what apps have such permissions, but also lets me revoke those permissions quickly and easily from within the application.
The alternative is that you enter each and every social network and individually edit your permissions. With MyPermissions you not only have this access from within one application, but it’s also mobile and on your device.
The first thing you notice is that MyPermissions is ridiculously simple to use. Just click a network, enter your log in details and the app will list all the permissions it has. There are several of the main social network spaces you can access, plus other services that allow you to log in to other apps. The list consists of: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Instagram, Foursquare and Flickr.
If you’re inclined to do so, the app also offers the ability to remind you to check your permission settings on a regular basis. This is pretty useful as it allows you to continually monitor what apps have access to your networks, increasing your privacy.
Watch on Mobile
MyPermissions – Loading
MyPermissions – View permissions from a variety of sources
MyPermissions – Details
MyPermissions – Facebook permissions
MyPermissions – Obviously requires sign in
MyPermissions – Permission reminders
MyPermissions – Reminders
If you are concerned about privacy, and you probably should be, this is a great portal to all your online spaces (well, most) that lets you monitor and control what apps/organisations have access to your data. Letting you revoke access and set regular reminders is even more useful.
Ease of Use:
The app is extremely easy to use. It does mean you have to log in to all your social networks within the app, which might concern some and will take a few minutes to complete, but I guess technically using this one app to revoke the access of many, many more you may have used in the past is a good thing.
Once you’ve set it up I can’t see many reasons to use the app too regularly. The reminders allow you to be notified to check your permissions, daily, weekly or monthly so it down to the user how often you open the app and check your permissions.
The interface is quite simple really. It’s not particularly flashy or super-slick, but then it is an app you won’t use all that often. The navigation however is very straightforward and is ultimately very user friendly.