Facebook is working to remedy a vulnerability discovered by application security provider MyPermissions, which blocks users of the social network from revoking permissions granted to apps that allow them to access those users’ information.
Application security provider MyPermissions Thursday launched real-time application-permissions scanners in the form of apps for iOS and Android and a plugin for Google Chrome, aimed at keeping users in the loop on what personally identifiable information is being sought by apps.
Application security provider MyPermissions announced the launch of a privacy certification program for app developers, the MyPermissions Trust Certification, which it said is aimed at standardizing the policies and usage of personal information between developers and end-users.
According to application security provider MyPermissions, more than 70 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in 2013, or 10 for every person on Earth. MyPermissions examined 10 million apps with access to Facebook and found the following risks for users who are not careful about managing permissions for those apps:
When you connect with a Facebook application, how often do you pay attention to the fine print of what information the app wants from your profile? MyPermissions has launched a tool that allows users to see what the app wants from your profile, and also lets users delete apps straight from the MyPermissions Cleaner. It wants Facebook users to get a clean and safe start to 2013, also introducing a mobile app.
Not all Facebook applications are created equal. While some only require basic information to function, many more want to know your location, access your photos, and post on your behalf. Which apps can you trust? MyPermissions, which helps users rid their social media lives of dangerous apps, shared with AllFacebook the most trusted apps on the social network, starting with the newest member of the Facebook family — Instagram.