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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.


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.

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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Rene - such useful info, thank you! It is in fact pretty scary to read all the things we "agree" to. I often click out before I even finish and wind up not signing up.

Aug 21, 2016 09:02 AM #50
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

I am going to check this out immediately.  I realize that I have way too many apps that I need to delete.  Thanks for the info


Aug 21, 2016 11:21 AM #51
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

It's frightening how some things that seem innocent allow access to our personal and private information.

Aug 21, 2016 12:32 PM #52
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

What a great post! I am certainly going to look into the use of this app. I try to be careful and uninstall the entire app. 

Aug 21, 2016 01:33 PM #53
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


What valuable information.  Thanks for letting me andother Rainers know about the app.  Now I'm off to check on the apps I have on my phone, iPad and laptop.

Aug 21, 2016 02:15 PM #54
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Rene: I, too, have so many apps I don't use that I want to delete. Why clog up my phone? And this sounds like it will help clean out leftover stuff for when I do.

Aug 21, 2016 03:09 PM #55
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wow....holy Big Brother is watching !  Thank you !

Aug 21, 2016 05:50 PM #56
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Great info, Rene. I will definitely check out the permissions app. I don't like being followed around by an app provider, but I guess that's part of the price we pay for convenience. 

Aug 21, 2016 09:48 PM #57
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is awesome. Nothing I like better than cleaning house! I only wish I had time today to do this. I have bookmarked and can't wait to check it out!

Aug 22, 2016 01:04 AM #58
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I learned not to download an apps until I absolutedly know what I am getting into. The free antivirus turned into a nightmare with spiders encroaching everywhere.  For iPhone it is just a phone. No games, No social contact stay it simple.

Aug 22, 2016 01:38 AM #59
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Wow, this is an eye-opener!  Thanks for the suggestion -- I'm going to see who has my permission to view what.  

Aug 22, 2016 02:43 AM #60
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

It's mind-boggling who and how much we allow into our lives via our phones and computers these days, Rene Fabre ... I'll definitely be running a scan right away ... thanks for the info and website ...


Aug 22, 2016 03:21 AM #61
Mike Bjork
Pinnacle Home Loan - Redondo Beach, CA

Thanks, Rene!  This is very useful information.  I was not aware of MyPermissions.org or "what is: app-name".  I tried to figure out an app a few different times, but didn't find the info, so I'll definitely try "what is" app-name" for my next search.  Also, definitely san my electronics on MyPermissions.org too!  Much appreciated!

Aug 22, 2016 05:54 AM #62
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

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Aug 23, 2016 04:51 AM #63
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I was totally unaware of this Rene and feel like I need to take control back. I am glad I came across this post.

Sep 20, 2016 11:48 PM #64
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Rene - Not sure how I missed this the first time around, but thanks for the pointer! Good to have.

Sep 25, 2016 02:07 AM #65
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Rene, you are just a FOUNTAIN of useful info! I have to go back and bookmark for when the time comes that I get a smartphone and actually use some of this for protection. Right now, maybe FB would be the only one that would be an issue. I don't have gmail, or any of those other apps that you mentioned. No one's watching me much, as I don't have cell service either. Nonentity? Maybe!!

Sep 26, 2016 02:00 AM #66
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I wasn't aware they could continue accessing information even after the app is deleted.  I will have to look into this, Rene Fabre 

Mar 12, 2017 06:17 AM #67
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Happy Birthday Rene Fabre - Praful Thakkar shared that info on your reblog.  I hope your Birthday is very special!

Mar 12, 2017 07:04 AM #68
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Thanks Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ... Yep, another trip around the sun! :O) Thanks!

Mar 12, 2017 12:43 PM #69
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