The privacy scandals that have hit Facebook over the past few years have made users of the social network increasingly aware of the value of their data and the importance of protecting it. In the past, some applications connected to the users’ accounts of the social network were used to steal the personal data of millions of people. For this reason, it is important to be aware of which applications have access to your account. Read on if you want to check which apps can access your Facebook account.
Steps to Follow in the Web Version
If you usually connect to Facebook through the web version of the platform and you want to check which apps and websites have access to your profile, you can do so by following these simple steps.
First, you will have to click on the Account button located in the upper right corner of the interface (the icon of an arrow pointing down).
Next, you will need to go to Settings & Privacy >> Settings. Once there, you will see a menu on the left side of the website with multiple sections.
Just locate the Apps & Websites option, where you will find a list of all the services that currently have access to your Facebook account.
If you want to stop sharing your data with the applications that appear in the list, you just have to delete the desired application. You can do this by checking the box that appears next to the corresponding app and click on “remove”. It is important to note that from that moment on, you will no longer be able to use your Facebook account to access the service.
In addition to facilitating access to the applications that currently have access to our account, Facebook also allows us to know which applications have expired (i.e. those with no activity for more than 90 days) or the apps or websites that we have previously deleted.
Steps to Follow on the iOS or Android App
The process to follow on mobile devices is just as simple. If you want to edit the settings of the applications that have access to your account, you must press the button with the three horizontal lines located at the bottom right of the app.
Next, you will need to access Settings & Privacy >> Settings and click on the Apps & Websites section. Finally, all that remains is to access Facebook Login, where you will find all the applications and web services that currently have access to your account on the social network.
The Importance of Checking Apps that have access to your Account
After several years of using the social network, it is likely that dozens of applications have access to your Facebook account. In order to avoid potential security problems and to limit access to your data, it is advisable to regularly check which applications or services are linked to your account on the social network. Chances are that today you do not even use many of the services that have access to your data, so the smartest thing to do is to remove access.
At this point, we must bear in mind that the applications you have deleted will still be able to access the information you have previously shared. That is, those responsible for the platform in question will still have access to the data you shared when the application was active. In addition, the applications will still be able to see your name, profile picture, cover photo, and user ID. In case you also want to delete all the data that the app in question has collected, you should contact the company responsible for its development.