MyPermissions, a startup offering a suite of security protection and privacy tools, is today becoming the first service to offer live protection for users’ Twitter accounts. What that means is MyPermissions will now be able to alert you in real time as new Twitter applications access your personal information, tweets or direct messages or gain the ability to post tweets in your name.
The move to offer better protection for Twitter is an important milestone for this security-minded company, whose very creation was inspired by a Twitter hack. Explains CEO and co-founder Olivier Amar, around a year and a half ago, one of the founders had his Twitter account hacked, and his friends began clicking on the spam tweets that an app was posting on his behalf. Already frustrated and feeling violated, what was even worse was when he realized there was no way to revoke the permissions of the malicious app responsible for the spammy tweets from the Twitter mobile interface. And so, the idea for MyPermissions was born.
Today, the company offers a one-stop shop for managing your app permissions and settings via a trio of security products, including a cross-platform, cross-browser extension, as well as mobile applications for both iOS and Android. You can check to see which apps you have connected to your various online accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, Dropbox and more. Then, from one dashboard you can manage those permissions or revoke them entirely.