There’s no doubt that creating separate logins for each and every website we visit online can be tedious at times. Attempting to remember multiple usernames and passwords, not to mention which email addresses are associated with what accounts can be a turn-off for many people. Various websites and smartphone apps have tried to make this cumbersome practice much straightforward by allowing the ability to “link” social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc in order to login to 3rd party websites.

For example, you have your choice of using an existing Facebook or Microsoft account to create a account, eliminating the need to create separate login credentials. While this ability may seem helpful, it could be doing more harm than good.

In an article recently posted on Reader’s Digest, the Identity Theft Resource Center advises against using your social media accounts to log into other websites and apps. An excerpt from the article goes more into detail regarding this concern:

Information is just plain valuable these days. Linking two accounts together means you’re sharing it in an even bigger way. “Data is the new currency,” says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center. “To have Facebook data combined with your shopping habits can be extremely valuable, not just to thieves but in current state of the world today.” If you bother reading the privacy policy, you might find out you’re signing away permission to sell that data.

In addition to these risks, linking your social media accounts with other platforms can create security vulnerabilities between BOTH platforms that would otherwise not exist. The ITRC recommends you review your current social media accounts to see what platforms you are currently linking with other websites and apps. Performing due diligence and adopting healthier practices with social media can help mitigate security risks.
Settings > Apps

Facebook app:
Menu > Settings > Account Settings > Apps > Logged in with Facebook

Settings and Privacy > Apps

Google: > Sign-in & Security > Connected apps & sites


Written by Paul Tolbert
Paul Tolbert is an email security specialist & tech blogger living in Pensacola, Florida. He is the founder of where he post informative tips, research and up to date news regarding cyber security.