A clean-sweep of social media permissions

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  Managing your social life on the net can take time.  You have email, Facebook, Twitter and other sites you feel like you need to catch up with.  That's why many of you like to link your accounts together.  This can be helpful but over time you may have too many apps linked or snooping on your social media life. 

Who doesn't want to simplify their life by letting their photo sharing app talk to their social media accounts so it's one click and you share that funny photo with friends? 

WBTV's Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton, warns that too many apps with access to your accounts makes you more vulnerable to cybercriminals and cybercreeps.


1.  THINK TWICE:  Be wary of giving permissions to other apps - you really have no idea how they treat your data or safeguard your id and password

2.  MONTHLY SWEEPS:  Make it a point once a month to look at each social media account and review, change or delete the permissions you have granted to apps for each social media account

3.  DIFFERENT PASSWORDS:  Use different passwords across your social media accounts

To make your clean sweep easier, there is a fun new tool out there, you can try out this tool at:



For a one page reference to several popular social media accounts, try My Permissions at http://mypermissions.org

To check app permissions on Facebook, go to http://www.Facebook.com/editapps.php 

To check Twitter, go to https://twitter.com/settings/applications

Each Social Media account is different so be sure to check each account.



A play on the word, doppleganger.  This is when you do a search of your own name on Google and you see people with your exact name but they are not you.  This can be fun or even a little shocking depending upon what your Googleganger has been up to. 

For example, Kristen Miranda!  She's not just an anchor and reporter at WBTV.  There is another Kristen Miranda working in the health insurance industry!  Another Kristen Miranda is attending medical school.  Kristen sure has a lot of interesting Googlegangers.