Saying that Google knows a lot about us would put us in the role of Captain Obvious. Yet, however obvious it may be, that's the truth - the search engine company holds a staggering amount of personal info about you.
As a direct result, a good amount of it comes from third-party apps. Whether you realize it or not, you do sign in to these applications and allow unnecessary permissions. As privacy is always a sensitive issue on the world wide web, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what third-party apps you allow to connect with your Google account. Here’s how you can do that:
■ Type www.google.com in the address bar of your favorite browser and press Enter.
■ If you’re not logged in, click on the blue Sign In in the top right corner and provide your credentials to log in to your account.
■ Once signed in, click on the profile icon in the top right corner.
■ Click on the blue My Account button to access your account’s settings.
■ In the Sign-in & security section on the left (the first of three sections), click on Apps with account access link.
■ In the Apps with account access section on the new page, click on Manage Apps link in the Apps with access to your account subsection.
■ Here you can see can see a complete list of sites and applications you’ve granted permission to access your Google Account. You can also see exactly which parts of your account these applications have access to.
■ Click on a specific app to uncover the exact date you’ve given access to, as well as to remove it by clicking on Remove Access button.
■ After you do a thorough check up, each app you remove will no longer be permitted to access your Google Account so you can continue using your Google account safe in the knowledge your personal data is protected.