Si Cyber Intel: Gmail – Who’s Reading Your Private Emails?
Following the Facebook Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Google recently came under scrutiny regarding the data privacy and practices of their Gmail email service.
The allegations came about after an investigation, carried out by the Wall Street Journal, revealed that widely used Google email client allows third-party developers to read users’ private information when their app was downloaded and installed.
In response to these findings, Google has released a blog post outlining its Security Checkup tool allowing users to review their permissions. Director of Security, Trust and Privacy at Google Cloud, Suzanne Frey openly admitted that it was common practice for third-party developers to have access to users’ private emails and information if they have been granted permission to do so - which was the main allegation of the investigation.
To ensure that your Gmail account is secure, please see below the three steps, recommended by Google, that you should take to restrict third-party developers accessing your inbox.
1. Use the Security Checkup tool
Sign into the Google account and from the dropdown menu click ‘Account’. From there head to ‘Security Checkup’ shown in the menu. A box appears that allows you to see how many devices are signed into your account (like Facebook), it highlights any security issues that have been detected and also highlights how many third-party apps have access to your data.
2. Review permissions
This allows you to review the permissions of your account and who can and cannot access your private data. If a third-party app wants to access your account it will identify in a list the aspects of the service it wants access to. You are then in control as to whether to allow these apps to access your account or not.
3. View and control permissions
To navigate to this section, head back to ‘Account’ in the dropdown menu and click ‘Apps with account access.’ You can keep an eye on which applications or services have permission to access your account and have the ability to delete them if you no longer trust them. You are also able to look at your past saved passwords and which ones Google Smart Lock have permission to remember and remove if you wish.
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