Can I trust 3rd-party apps with login info?
June 15, 2011 1:02 PM Subscribe
Can I trust apps on my computer or phone with email login information?
posted by This_Will_Be_Good to technology (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have recently gotten hooked on Google Reader, and I've noticed a few apps that have come out that work with it on both the iPhone and the Mac. In particular, I was just looking at the Reeder app on the Mac. However, one thing isn't quite clear to me -- how do these apps use my login information?
I am extremely hesitant to provide my main Gmail login information to some 3rd-party app like Reeder, Sparrow, etc, but perhaps I am just misunderstanding how these types of things work.
I realize I could set up a separate account just for Google Reader if I was paranoid, but that would be a hassle I would like to avoid if possible (as I have lots of things starred, linked, shared, etc). Do these apps store or transmit this information? In the era of uber-simplified 2.0 websites, it is hard to find information on how these things work beyond screenshots. Is there danger of a Sony-style hack situation for an app like this?