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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

How to Review and Manage 3rd Party Apps Accessing Your Google Account

Many apps and services make it easy to sign up and sign in by using your Google Account. While this is convenient, I use the option a lot, there are always risks associated with giving a third party permission to utilize your Google Account. The biggest risk being that if the third party's security is compromised, log-in to your Google Account could also be compromised (to clarify, Google does have measures in place to limit this risk, but it's still a risk). What I do to minimize this risk is to revoke third party access to my Google Account for any service or app that I don't use on a regular basis.

The directions below walk you through how to manage the permissions that third party services have on your Google Account.

Step 1: Go to https://www.google.com/settings/security (sign into your Google Account if you aren't logged in).

Step 2: At the top of the page select the "security" tab then under "account permissions" select "view all."
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Step 3: Click on any of the applications listed to view permissions and to revoke access.
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