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Information Security Advisory: Third Party Google Apps

June 9, 2016
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University Information Security recommends you to always think twice before sharing your University Google account information with a third-party app.

What is the security risk?

Online applications, mobile device apps, or websites sometimes allow you to access their service using your Google account information by clicking a button like this:

 

 

Doing so, however, can give that third party access to your University Gmail, Google Drive files, Google Calendar, etc. Because this may expose your data to those third parties, it’s not something you should do casually—especially if you are someone who works with protected health information (PHI).   

Before you grant an app access, Google will display a confirmation message that specifically shows which data the app wants to access. You can use this information to guide your decision.

Harmless:

Risky:


You can also use this page to see and manage the apps that can currently access your Google data.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Technology Help at 612-301-4357 (1-HELP).