Controlling Third-party App Access to Twitter

It's easy to give apps access to your Twitter account, and depending on what it is you're doing -- like sharing Instagram photos with your followers -- it makes sense. Over time, however, it's easy to build up a long list of apps that can get at your Twitter account without you even realizing it. It's a good idea to check that list periodically and clear out the apps that don't need Twitter access any more.

Checking to see which apps have access to your Twitter account takes a couple steps. Here's what to do:

  • Go to the Twitter website in your favorite browser and login to your account.
  • Click the gear icon at the top right of your Twitter stream, then choose Settings.
  • Select Apps from the left column to show every app that has access to your Twitter account.

Check your Twitter settings to see which apps have access to your accountCheck your Twitter settings to see which apps have access to your account

If you see apps in the list you aren't using, click Revoke access to remove them. If you accidentally revoked access for the wrong app, that's OK because you can click Undo revoke access to fix your mistake.

Revoking Twitter access for apps and services you aren't using is a good idea because sometimes hackers find flaws they can use to launch attacks on your account and potentially gain access so they can post as if they are you. That's a common way for spammers to blast their ads to your followers, and Twitter could suspend your account.

I check my Twitter apps list every few months just to make sure there aren't any surprises. Usually there aren't any, but occasionally I find something I wasn't expecting. Last time it was Apple's Ping. Really.