Tidying up access

Posted on by Elliot Jackson

Following a temporary files-are-missing-and-I-didn’t-delete-them scare, I changed my Dropbox password. Whilst I was in my security settings, I checked the list of applications that currently had access to my Dropbox—something I can’t ever remember reviewing despite having had an account for many years.

18 apps had access, 12 of which had full access.

Whilst fortunately there weren’t any in there that I didn’t trust, there were plenty I didn’t need anymore and proceeded to revoke their access.

As I was scrolling down to the linked apps list, I was alarmed at the length of the linked devices list. 29 devices were linked to my Dropbox.

When you do a clean install on your Mac, iPhone, et cetera and Dropbox is re-installed and re-linked, it counts it as a new device. Once I figured that out and scanned the “most recent activity” column I was less concerned but again—I revoked access to everything that wasn’t needed leaving just 3.

Now that my mind was thinking about “What other services do I use that apps get linked to?” I went to check my Twitter account. Unlike my Dropbox, I have reviewed the list of apps that are linked to my Twitter account a few times in the past but not having used it in close to a year, I wondered what was in there that didn’t need to be. 23 apps that I no longer use had access. They too were revoked.

I consider myself to be pretty careful with which apps I give access to what so was surprised by how many had added up over time. Whilst I trusted (to a point) everything that did have access, 20-odd apps leaves a heck of a big margin for error.

If you haven’t done so in a while, I’d recommend checking your Dropbox, Twitter, et cetera, accounts for anything that has access that you no longer use.

From a user’s perspective, it’d be nice to receive and email from time-to-time from these companies recommending that the list be reviewed.

Dropbox’s account security settings.

Twitter’s connected services preferences.

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