Is it safe to login with Facebook or Gmail account to access other websites or applications? Let’s clear the air from this question today. In this world where the whole thing is over internet and there are multiplicity of services that can be taken into help online.
From editing pictures to making instant presentations for work, from making logos for the websites to get the demos of various mobile applications; everything can be done instantaneously through internet these days. Most of the websites offer these services for free.
The only obligation is to login with an identical username and password to access the services. Now the question is, if you are surfing the website for the first time so definitely it will ask you to sign up and get your information to move further.
Filling that sign up form now and again becomes a headache when a person is in hurry and wants to access the service instantly. That is when OAuth comes into picture.
What is OAuth?
You might have noticed an option of ‘Sign in through Facebook’ or ‘Sign in through Gmail account’. This means that the website wants to save your time by giving you an instant access through your facebook or gmail account. Clicking on the same redirects you to your facebook or gmail account login page to fetch your information from your available accounts. This is called OAuth mechanism.
OAuth obviously saves most of the time which you could have washed out while filling that sign up form.
Now, the question is – Is it safe to make use of OAuth?
Yes it is.
Only thing you need to take care of is to go through the detail of what information the website is asking for? I mean, is it asking about your friend’s list or phone numbers, about your posts, about updating you through email, or posting about your activity on facebook. If yes, recommended is to deny the same and do not give too much access to the websites.
All we can say is OAuth is a safe utility and it can save your time if you keep track on the permissions it’s asking for. Hope the doubt on Is it safe to login with Facebook or Gmail account to access other websites or applications? is answered properly.
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