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Check Your Facebook App Permissions – You’ll Be Surprised

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help, Social Networking

We’ve talked before about app permissions on your Android phone or tablet, iPhone or iPad – but there’s another place you’ve probably granted a lot of app permissions that you might not think of: Facebook.

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve likely added an app or two for playing games or entering a contest. Let’s look at how to check out what permissions you’ve authorized:

First, click the privacy settings in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook Feed. (It looks like a little padlock) Select See more settings from the drop-down menu.

Choose Apps from the column on the left.

You’ll see a list of your Facebook apps in alphabetical order.

Hover over the app you wish to check with your mouse and then click on the Edit tool – it looks like a pen. Click on the pen.

You’ll now see a list of all the permissions you’ve given the app and how recently the app has accessed it.

Here, I can see that Amazon has accessed my e-mail address in the past 90 days. Probably to send me an offer concerning a book I’ve posted about or a product page I’ve visited.  You’ll notice they also check out my hobbies. That’s probably why I get glitter offers from Amazon.

It also requires that I allow them access the interests of my friends and their birthdays. Now it’s not just the Amazon app. Check out the permissions for your favorite game and prepare for a shock.

I would challenge many of you who expressed concerned about the excessive amount of information that mobile apps demand to look through all of their Facebook apps they access from their PC and get familiar with the information they are sharing.  If you aren’t willing to continue to share that information, you can click Remove App at the bottom of the screen.

I’d be interested to know many of you found apps you can’t remember installing or permissions you had no idea that you’d granted. Let me know in the comments.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Check Your Facebook App Permissions – You’ll Be Surprised”

  1. Leslie Maier says:

    Wow, what an eye opener. I just deleted many apps that I didn’t realize I had given so much permission to. THANK YOU for, as always, great information.

  2. John (Jaggersden) Myers says:

    Thank you for putting this up. I got into F/B many years ago and drug my fat fanny away within a few months. I have never seen such an invasive place, even when in the military and they wanted to upgrade my security status.`
    I have read a few times about the dangers of using f/b and twice I have read that it will fold either this year or next. I am surprised that such a large and malicious sit is still operating.
    The key question is. The key question is; Just how dangerous is the website
    Keep up the goodwork, it is appreciated by many of us who seldom if ever, thank you.

    • cynthia says:

      I wouldn’t say it is dangerous. You have control over the information you share, a lot of control. The real danger is that people overshare – giving out information they would never in a public setting.

  3. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

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