Today we are going to talk about some of email. In a recent blog post by Suzanne Fry, director of security, trust, and privacy at Google, no one at Google reads your Gmail. This was Google’s position on email privacy – after at least the practice of reading your email and serving you as a hot part of personalized ads.
But as a Wall Street Journal report recently pointed out, third-party apps are actually doing just that, within Gmail itself. Instead of denying access to third-party applications, Google’s blog post protects the practice and gives you the responsibility to keep an email private. How to do it – to know exactly who is reading your email and to deny them the right.
How to change your privacy settings
Numerous applications may spy on your email, depending on what you’ve agreed to. Follow these instructions
First open Gmail and click on your profile picture in the upper right.
Click “My Account” which will send you to the Settings page.
Once you’ve gone to the settings page, look at the bottom of the “Sign In & Security” column on the left. Then, click on “Apps with account access”.
Here, you’ll find a short list of some of the apps that have access to parts of your Google Account. At one point you agreed to all of these applications, though they may or may not apply to your actual Gmail account. Click the “Manage Applications” link to gain access to the actual permissions of these applications.
Next to each app in the list, it will indicate which part of your Google Account has access. If you use an Android device, you will see a variety of games and applications that only access your Google Play account. However, if it says “Full access to your Google Account,” this includes your email in Gmail. According to Google’s own statement, this means that applications may be able to scan your email and retrieve any information they receive.
Just click the name of the app after finding the spying email. This will open an extended dialog box that gives more details about what the app can see exactly. To kill permissions once and for all, click “Remove Access” and then OK “at the next prompt. Before doing so, it should be noted that some applications rely on these permissions to work properly.
Before a scandal breaks
When the Cambridge Analytica data scandal hangs over our heads it’s hard to think of Google’s policies. Even if the similarities are just surface-deep, none of us want to put our trust in an organization that plays fast and loose with the way data is sold. Google may not seem ready to step back from how third-party applications still handle it, but enough public pressure can change its mind on the issue. In the meantime, there are plenty of other email clients that aren’t part of a larger platform like Gmail. They tend to be somewhat secure – though, in the end, having a strong password is always the best way to protect your personal email.