This post covers two simple things you can do to safeguard your accounts and privacy, and even save yourself some time in the process. The first is how to check which parties have authorized access to your social and email accounts, and how to revoke those you don’t need (you may be surprised by the sheer volume of these). The second is how to use disposable email addresses to avoid newsletter spam and unnecessary account enrollments.
Checking 3rd Party Permissions
If you’ve ever used one account to sign into another service (using OAuth) or tethered an app to a social media account, you’ve authorized a 3rd party to access one of your email or social media accounts. This potentially allows them to harvest personal data and make posts as though they were you (to advertise or otherwise maliciously exploit the trust of your contacts). Continue reading