Do this quick Google account security check now
Google lets you give third-party apps access to your account. It’s handy, but you need to track which apps can access your account and what information they’re privy to.
There’s no question: It’s tempting to use that "Sign in with Google button."
Is it safe? The answer is complicated, but your best bet is to have separate logins for each service you use. Use these new rules to create a strong password you can remember.
What about sharing passwords? It's necessary sometimes, but there are right and wrong ways.
Google lets you give third-party apps and services access to different parts of your account. It’s handy, but you need to track which apps can access your account and what information they’re privy to. By the way, the easiest way to keep updated on tech is to get my free daily email. Sign-up here and join over 400,000 people.
You’re in a rush, so you allow a reservation-booking service access to your Google calendar. No harm, right?
Not so fast. The more apps that have access to your device, the more exposed you are. If an app suffers a data breach, it puts you at risk.
And just because you stopped using an app or service, it might still be working in the background. For example, an app with access to your contacts can use that information even if you haven't logged on in years.
It’s easy to manage and revoke third-party app permissions. Here’s how:
NOTE: This does not delete your account with that app; the app may ask for access to your Google account again the next time you open it.
There's no right or wrong answer for what to remove, but if an app looks unfamiliar, get rid of it.
Clean up your phone while you're at it
Recently I was stuck on a flight with no Wi-Fi. I had time to clear out all the apps I never use anymore. It was worth it.
Here are a few easy rules of thumb I follow when deleting apps:
Pro tip: Many apps store data locally, and you can clear up a ton of space by deleting and reinstalling it. Facebook is a great example.
Here are even more smart ways to free up space on your smartphone.
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