Securing your Google Contacts

A guide to removing third-party access to your account


Did you receive an email alert about granting access to your Google account but need to know why you are getting the alert? When you saw that email, I’m sure you thought, who has access to my account, what have they done with my information, and what do I do now?

Most likely, you’ve enabled a third-party app to allow access to your contact information. A third-party app is a secure software that allows you to share your information with a particular site. Luckily, you don’t have to grant this access forever. Checking your settings will allow you to find out who you have given access to and how you can take it away.

If you’ve seen this email in your inbox…

Google sends an email alert when an app connects to your account.

…Then, you’ve likely provided access to your Gmail account for a third-party app like the CloudSponge Contact Picker. While CloudSponge takes security very seriously, I know it can make you uneasy when other apps are connected to your accounts.

You can sign in to your profile from the Google sign-in screen.

Now that you know how it happened, you can rest assured that you have not been hacked and can rectify the situation.

To find out who has access to your account, you can check your settings and, if necessary, remove it.

You can remove access to your Google account with these easy steps.

1. Sign in to your Google Account.

Google Sign-In Screen

2. Click your profile icon, and then click on “Manage your Google Account.”

The icon in the upper right corner of your Google account is your profile.
Within your profile, you can manage all of your Google account settings.

3. On the left-hand side of your profile menu, click on Data & Privacy.

In the left-hand menu of your Google profile, there is an option for Data & Privacy.

4. Scroll down to “Apps and services.”

Google lets you see what third-party apps have access to your account.

5. Click on “Third-party app with account access” and click the blue remove access button.

Google provides a remove access button to help secure your account.

That’s it! You have now removed third-party app access to your accounts. While the internet can be scary sometimes, knowing that you can easily control who has access to your data and quickly secure your accounts is reassuring.

Heather Schwartzman, Head of Customer Success

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