Privacy seems to be an increasingly important topic as of late. Our data is being hacked and stolen from even the most secure of corporations. However, most of us share far more information than we should on our social media accounts. Even worse, many of us login to other services using Facebook, sharing much of that information with 3rd parties. Thankfully, Facebook is making a change that will make logging into 3rd party services with Facebook a much more secure/private option.
At f8 Facebook announced a new login called Anonymous Login. This type of login is exactly what it sounds like, a way to login to other services without sharing any information. Along with Anonymous login they made some additional changes to the way other apps access information from your Facebook account. According to Facebook’s Facebook below are the three major changes:
- Anonymous Login: An easy way for people to try an app without sharing any of their personal information from Facebook.
- Facebook Login: A new version that gives people the option to pick and choose what information apps get.
- A Redesigned App Control Panel: A central place for people to see and manage the apps they use.Anonymous Login lets people log in to apps so they don’t have to remember usernames and passwords, but it doesn’t share personal information from Facebook. People can decide later if they want to share any additional information, once they understand more about the app.
To get an idea of the changes check out this short video:
This is comforting news for those who have worried about apps accessing their personal information on social media. For the most part, I and likely many others refuse to sign in using Facebook on most services because of the access many apps ask for. There is simply no need for an app to access any information on my Facebook Page. There’s a reason my Facebook page is set to private. This is a welcome change that is going to please advocates and normals alike.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see apps stores implement similar changes? Do you feel apps need access to your personal information? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.