Facebook App Permissions: Spring Cleaning

Facebook App SettingsIt’s not too late to do a little spring cleaning, and even if you’ve already tidied up your home and office, there may be one place you haven’t cleaned up: your Facebook apps and their permissions is one. This is a good time to take a peek and make sure that you actually use all the apps that have permissions to your Facebook account.

Checking on your Facebook app permissions is easy:

  1. Visit Facebook. Click on the drop-down next to your name and select “Privacy Settings.”
  2. Scroll down to “Apps and Websites” and click “Edit Settings.”
  3. Under “Apps You Use,” click “Edit Settings” to get to your application settings.
  4. Click the X next to each old application that you don’t use anymore, or click “edit” to closely examine that app’s permissions to your Facebook account, what the app can do, what data it collects, and more.

Once you’ve finished removing or updating the apps associated with your account, click back to double check the “How People Bring Your Info to Apps They Use” section, and make sure that the apps your friends sign up for and use don’t have access to more information about you than you’d like. Finally, you might considerbypassing social reader apps so everything you read or watch doesn’t show up on your timeline automagically.

Cleaning up Facebook app permissions isn’t something most people do—and even if you’re the type who says “I don’t play Facebook games,” or “I don’t sign up for any of that stuff,” you may still have some web services you’ve connected to Facebook for login purposes or other accounts in there from a long time ago. It’ll only take a few minutes, and your privacy will thank you.



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