I gave you my permission?

Reblogger Praful Thakkar
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Rene Fabre.

Let me celebrate your birthday with a re-blog of your excellent post.

I gave you my permission?

Original content by Rene Fabre

I’m a guy that likes to try stuff out... I’m not usually first, but early and if I hear about an app or a website that looks like it might help me to get things done I’ll try it out. That said, over the past 2 years I’ve downloaded a lot of apps for my iPhone 6 Plus. I tried them out, then later decided many weren't for me and deleted them.

This is especially true for me with photo, video, and productivity apps... I used Evernote for a while, but it was a resource hog so I deleted it. I had an American Express card because of COSTCO, but earlier this year they got divorced. So I canceled the card and deleted their app.

Some apps simply changed like Foursquare. When they separated out the checkin function and called it it Swarm, that wrecked the user experience for me, so I stopped using it then deleted it off my phone.

Every time you download and install an app you click “agree” and grant permissions. Of course 99% of us never read all the fine print and simply click agree because a friend, relative, or coworker is using it and you want it too. You’re willing to trade some privacy for what it does, and gee gosh anyways these other apps already know this stuff about me, so I guess it’s alright if you do too.

The thing is if you agreed an app can see your Gmail, push notifications, post on your behalf, connect to your profile on various platforms, and know your GPS location, that didn’t necessarily go away when the app disappears from your screen. It may still be on your device and use the permissions you granted.

Don’t freak! As my little detective story unfolded I remembered a very handy website... MyPermissions.org ... This service allows you to turn rights on and off that were granted to the app and its use of your data, or simply disconnect it altogether.

MyPermissions.org

Long story short... I found Facebook had several apps installed I wasn’t even aware of that had access to my profile. Twitter apps that had access to my Linkedin data, several others were connected to my Gmail. All in all I had around 380 apps all looking at my iPhone, each other, and my data. Wow (an understatement) this was quite an eye opener!

MyPermissions has Android and iOS apps for your phones and tablets and you can also use it from your computer by going to MyPermissions.org and run the free scan...

One small bit of advice... Don’t go blasting apps away until you’re sure of what they do. When you use apps like Instagram or Hootsuite that allow you to post from one place to several others at a time and you use them to do just that, remember there’s an app for that! :O)

I simply did a Google search and used “what is: app-name” to figure out what it does, where it’s from, and what data it wants to track.

MyPermissions only takes about 2 minutes to do a scan and then you can either alter rights or delete the app with no catch. Note the right column next to each app name is where you turn the rights on or off, and/or click the circle on the left and delete it altogether. You’ll find pretty much any question you’d ever ask about it answered on the MyPermission/FAQ page.

René Fabre

"Where there's conversation, there's opportunity."

Please Note - The views expressed herein reflect only the individual’s personal views and are not the views of the author’s employer.

The Blackberry Chronicles, a blog by Rene Fabre and his travels around the Greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. Connect w/ Rene Fabre on Google+. Rene Fabre on Twitter. Rene Fabre writes reviews on Yelp. Rene Fabre on Linkedin.com The Audiorium YouTube Channel by Rene Fabre. Facebook.com/renefabre Rene Fabre loves digital photography and here are his shares on Flickr. Rene Fabre is a musician and composer and shares some of his orginal music and recordings on Soundcloud. Rene Fabre shares his interests on Pinterest.
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Rainmaker
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Nathan Gesner
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I wasn't aware of this. Thanks for reblogging, Praful Thakkar 

Mar 12, 2017 06:16 AM #1
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William Feela
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Happy Birthday Rene....This was a very informative blog.  thanks for sharing

Mar 12, 2017 06:33 AM #2
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Hi Praful Thakkar - good info to know!  I am off to wish Rene Fabre - Happy Birthday!

Mar 12, 2017 07:02 AM #3
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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I had no idea our friend Rene Fabre  still celebrates Birthdays:)) Endre

Mar 12, 2017 12:16 PM #4
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Thanks Praful Thakkar !! I had a wonderful day! More reflective than a big celebration. Great to have some down time! I'm getting together with some of my kids next weekend...

Mar 12, 2017 12:32 PM #5
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Thanks for stopping by at this post and your comments.

Mar 17, 2017 09:32 PM #6
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Nathan Gesner - so true. How often do we read the fine print?

Mar 17, 2017 09:33 PM #7
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Thanks for stopping by at this post and your comments, William.

Mar 17, 2017 09:33 PM #8
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We never know what kind of permission we are giving on these apps.

Mar 17, 2017 09:36 PM #9
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And yes, William - this was a birthday wish for Rene - a great contributor at AR.

Mar 17, 2017 09:37 PM #10
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Thanks for stopping by at this post and your comments, Sheri.

Mar 17, 2017 09:37 PM #11
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Some of the posts share such an excellent tips for us at AR,...

Mar 17, 2017 09:38 PM #12
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And of course, this was more of a celebration for Rene's Birthday...

Mar 17, 2017 09:38 PM #13
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Thanks for stopping by at this post and your comments, Endre.

Mar 17, 2017 09:38 PM #14
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Well, we all celebrate the birthdays - even in our 90s....lol!

Mar 17, 2017 09:38 PM #15
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And I am sure you must have celebrated your 30th, 40th and... I don't know how far I go, Endre?

Mar 17, 2017 09:39 PM #16
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Thanks for stopping by at this post and your comments, Rene.

Mar 17, 2017 09:39 PM #17
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You said it all, Rene - just in this one sentence:

More reflective than a big celebration.

Mar 17, 2017 09:40 PM #18
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(And what matters most is getting together with family - you just need some excuse...lol!)

Mar 17, 2017 09:40 PM #19
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Once again, thanks all for stopping by at this post and your comments.

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