ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s an easy thing to use your social media account as a way of logging into an app or website – easier, anyway, than creating a new user name and password.
But this approach can result in a pile of apps and websites that you might no longer use and that can leave you open to cyberattacks, phishing and other kinds of scams.
The Federal Trade Commission notes that when you sign up through social media accounts, you are giving permission for the app or website to do things on your behalf, such as posting to your social media page.
“You’re also possibly saying it’s OK to access information like your name, birthdate, location, contacts and even your messages,” the agency said in an advisory. “Over time, you may even forget which apps or sites have these permissions.”