When was the last time you checked your Twitter application settings? I bet it’s been a while. It’s not a bad idea to take a look at who you’ve given permission to, as these applications may be able to read, write and even access your direct messages.
Every third-party app you access through Twitter must ask for your permission before they can sync up with your account. However, once you’ve given that permission, it’s easy for apps to silently read your tweets, tweet from your account, and even access your direct messages.
Now, most apps you’ve given permission to are likely not malicious, nor will they do anything to your account that they aren’t meant to. The vast majority of apps are made by respectable software developers who are interested in giving you an enhanced Twitter experience.
However, there are some apps that are malicious in nature. Others will access your account long after you’ve forgotten you’ve even given them permission. It’s these Twitter apps that you want to purge from your account to keep yourself safe and to pare down the number of unwanted apps that may be meddling with your tweets.
To check up on which apps you’ve given permission to, visit Twitter.com and log in. Navigate to your profile in the header, and click “Edit your profile” underneath your profile picture. From here, click the “Applications” tab.
Here, you’ll see a list of all of the apps that you’ve given permission to access your Twitter account.
Take some time to browse this list, and revoke access from the apps that you are no longer interested in connecting with. Also, take note of the permission levels of each app, as some will have read-only access while others will be able to go so far as to tweet on your behalf and read your direct messages.
It’s a good habit to quickly go through this list every few months and make sure you’re only connecting with those apps that you actually want to be connected with.