Easy New Year’s Resolution: Clean Up Your App Permissions With One Handy App

The New Year is a great time to take stock of your Twitter account, making sure your bio is optimized, your avatar is a good reflection of you and the list of who you follow is honed.

One easy first Twitter New Year’s Resolution is to clean up your Twitter permissions – in fact, all your social media permissions – with an all-in-one app called MyPermissions.

It can be hard to keep track of all the apps you’ve given permission to access any of your social media profiles, from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram to Pinterest.

But it’s important to stay on top of what sites or apps have access to your personal information and activity, for the sake of your online privacy. We all know what happened to Mat Honan of Wired.

MyPermissions makes this process super simply by linking directly to app permissions pages for Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Instagram and Flickr.

Here’s what the app looks like:

Each of these networks is made infinitely more robust when you connect other apps to them, so you shouldn’t feel like you can’t do so. But being digitally responsible is important.

In fact, clicking the links to see all your connected apps might leave you surprised to see how many apps you’ve given permission to. MyPermissions lets you quickly revoke access from the permissions pages.

Bonus: MyPermissions also offers an If This Then That (IFTTT) recipe to remind you monthly via email to check your permissions.

The new MyPermissions Cleaner, a web extension for Chrome, automatically scans your apps permissions, lets you clean them up in one click and even sends alerts when apps gain access to your private info. Good stuff.

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