Featured Android App Review: MyPermissions [Tools]


When it comes to installing an app on your phone or tablet, one of the most important things you need to look at is permissions. We have covered a few apps that help you with that, but online permissions is one that people often overlook. Online permissions pertains to various online social sites and what apps you have granted access to them. For example, if you use a third party Twitter app, you have to allow that app access to your Twitter account. This goes for any app that needs to communicate with Twitter or other similar sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google, Dropbox, Linkedin, Yahoo, Instagram, Foursquare, and Flickr.

All of these sites will tell you what other applications were previously granted access, but they aren’t always easy to find, so most people never bother with them. An app called MyPermissions will make things very easy for you in that you can find all the permissions for all of these sites in one place. Now you might be thinking to yourself that if you granted access to a particular application, then it’s okay and there’s no reason to worry about it. You are partly right, but you will be surprised at how many older applications you will find that were granted permission, but you no longer use. You are also likely to find permissions for things you didn’t even realize that you granted. Now I’m not going to tell you that if you leave these old permissions in place, something awful is going to happen to you, but at the same time, why leave permissions in place that are no longer necessary? These services will have access to all your private information, but you don’t use them anymore. It doesn’t make sense does it?

You won’t find many apps that are as easy to use as MyPermissions yet very important at the same time. Just open the app and you will be presented with nine icons for each of the sites that I mentioned above. Just tap on the ones in which you have an account and enter your login information. Don’t worry, you won’t be granting MyPermissions access to your account. You are simply visiting the Web version of each site and going directly to their respective permissions page. You can look over all the permissions that you have granted and quickly revoke or remove any that are unnecessary. Nothing could be simpler. Now as I mentioned, permissions such as these always get forgotten so they have a reminders tab that lets you enter your email address (no password) to send you a reminder email to check your permissions either once a day, once a week, or once a month. I would say that daily and weekly are a bit of an overkill so that leaves monthly.

MyPermissions is absolutely Free and it won’t take you more than a couple of minutes to find out what old permissions need to be cleaned out. It really opened my eyes to how many permissions I granted in the past that I no longer needed. Since it’s the time of year where we should all be doing some spring cleaning, I recommend you download and install MyPermissions today and do a little cleaning yourself. It won’t take you more than a few minutes and it won’t cost you a dime. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. Let me know how many permissions you needed to delete.

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About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.