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Check your Google account now to see if you’re handing over too much info

Whenever you sign in to a gadget with your Google account, that information is stored so you can easily access Google services between devices. While convenient, you should remove any devices you are no longer using. Go here for step-by-step instructions.

Google lets you give third-party apps and services access to different parts of your Google account. For example, reserving a table through a dining app can add the date to your Google Calendar.

This is a nice feature, but you should keep track of which apps can access your account and what information they’re privy to. Here’s how.

Get a handle on your Google account

Just because you stopped using an app doesn’t mean it isn’t active. For example, if an app has access to your contacts, it can use that information even if you haven’t logged on in years.

Here’s the thing: The more apps that have access to your device, the more exposed you are. If an app suffers a data breach, it puts you at risk.

Luckily, it’s easy to manage your third-party app permissions and revoke them as needed. Here’s how:

  • Log in to your Google account at and open the Security section.
  • Scroll down to Third-party apps with account access and select Manage third-party access.
  • Select the app or service you want to review. You’ll see information such as the date you installed that app and what information it has access to.
  • Select Remove Access and confirm your selection.

NOTE: This does not delete your account with that app, and the app may ask for access to your Google resources again the next time you open it.

There’s no right or wrong answer for what to remove, but if an app looks unfamiliar to you, you’ll probably want to get rid of it.

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