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If something inside you screams in frustration every time a site asks you to create an account, you’ve probably shut it up by using your Google, Facebook, or Apple account instead. It’s an easy solution—so easy, in fact, that we can forget just how many random accounts are linked to our major ones.

As a healthy security habit, you should often take the time to ensure there are no sketchy sites accessing your information. Or even platforms you were excited about a couple of months ago and are now the latest name on the dead services list—RIP Quibi.

Should you even be using your Google, Facebook, or Apple accounts to log in?

Using your big-name accounts (which you’re probably already logged into on your browser) is convenient as you won’t have to remember another username or have to worry about the security strategy of every site you use.

When a site lets you sign up with one of these accounts, they’re applying a protocol called Open Standard Authorization (or “oauth” for short), in which your Google, Facebook, or Apple account vouches for you and tells the site that yes, you’re the real person you claim to be, and not an identity-usurping bot. This is the online equivalent to having a stylish friend tell the bouncer at the club that you’re cool.

The site never gets a password, only the user name for the platform you’re using—your Gmail address, your @facebook email, or your Apple ID—and a “nod” of authentication. This is what makes it a safe method, and if there’s a data breach, you won’t have to run around in circles trying to remember how many other sites you used that same password on (please, don’t do that).

Extra security features available on most major platforms are also helpful. That two-factor authentication or text message prompt you use to protect your email account will also cover whatever site or service you’re signing up for with it.

Revoke access to apps from your Google account

Once you’re there, choose Security and then Third-party apps with account access.

Revoke access to apps from your Facebook account

There you’ll see all the apps with third-party access to your Facebook data, sorted in three categories: active, expired, and revoked. The first and last ones are sort of self-explanatory—active apps and sites currently have access to your data, while revoked ones used to be able to access your data but can’t anymore.

Facebook has an extra layer of security, and under Expired you’ll find the apps and sites the platform unilaterally revoked access to after you didn’t use them for 90 days. This is particularly useful since it reduces the chance that some random site you signed up for five years ago to learn your celebrity look-alike will be snooping your data without you knowing about it. Depending on the app, though, it may still be able to see basic information such as your profile and cover photo—even when the permission has expired.

Revoke access to apps from your Apple account What you should keep in mind

It’s a good idea to make a healthy habit of reviewing these lists at least once a month. Check what you’re comfortable with, and if something looks sketchy, don’t think twice before removing access to your information.

You should also remember that revoking access to an app doesn’t mean deleting whatever it already knows about you—only that it’s no longer collecting any new data. The platform might still have a copy of what it was able to access while it had your permission. This is not particularly bad, but it’s an example as to why it’s important to have a clear view of who you’re sharing your data with at all times.

And if your Google, Facebook, or Apple account is the way you access most of your stuff, make sure to properly protect your major accounts: never reuse credentials (or use a password manager), and please, please, enable two-factor authentication.

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How To Check Your Google And Facebook Connected Apps

Are you a regular or robust user of Google tools? Have you used your Google account to sign into third party apps? Do you often take quizzes sent by friends on Facebook? Or, as with Google, have you used your Facebook account to log in to third party apps or websites?

Last, are you alarmed by the recent news about the social media companies in privacy breaches? Apart from rigorous password hygiene and mandatory two factor authentication or simply jettisoning these companies entirely, you can take another step to greater security by periodically policing the apps/modules/websites that you’ve allowed to access your Google and Facebook accounts.

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Below, we show you how to review, check, calibrate, and remove connected apps from your Google account and Facebook accounts.

Google Connected Apps

Assume that from time to time, you use your Google account to sign into third party apps. Even if you can’t recall doing this, a lot of times you won’t even realize you are giving an app access to your Google account.

Here is Google’s guidance:

Remove Third Party Access

Now, let us explore how to monitor and remove these Google connected apps. Sign in with your Google Account using a web browser.

This My Account page includes several modules such as security, privacy, and preferences; it is well worth reviewing, especially the Security Checkup wizard.

For purpose of this article, look down along the left under Sign-in & Security and select Apps with account access.

Notice how Google groups the connected apps, displaying first the 3rd party apps that have access to your account. Below these 3rd party apps, you’ll see a list of apps that are trusted by Google that have access.

Continue to remove access for all apps you do not actively use.  And remember that if you need to use a third party or Google app again that you’ve removed, you simply have to authorize it again.

Facebook Connected Apps

Many website logins ask new users to sign in using Facebook. Also, if you have used the many popular shared game and quiz apps on Facebook, these apps also access your personal information. Facebook is prominent in the news now because of how this data is being misused. In response, Facebook may soon be simplifying the privacy settings. But for now, here is the current, not so easy, way to check and remove these Facebook connected apps.

Once logged into Facebook, pull down the toggle/arrow at the right top of the Facebook screen. This will expose your Facebook account and other features.  Near the bottom of this list, choose Settings.

On Facebook General Account Settings page, scroll down and select Apps and Websites in the left-hand menu.

The next page shows the Facebook applications that have been given account access, via the ways discussed above.  These range from fun apps like Words with Friends to automating integrations like If This Then That (IFTTT), and productivity apps like Hootsuite.

You may easily remove the app entirely by checking the box to the right and selecting Remove as shown above.

Several other important notes here. Once removed, the app or website will no longer have access to your information, yet they may still retain previously shared information. If the app or website has your email address, you may certainly “unsubscribe” to stop future emails, but it will be necessary to contact the app or website developers directly to ask what if any information of yours they continue to maintain.

Edit Facebook App Privacy Settings

Note too that Facebook allows users to specify the exposure that each connected app is allowed. So even after removing apps entirely, consider visiting and changing the privacy settings for each app that remains.  Here’s how.

First, check App visibility, meaning who on Facebook will be able to see that you use this app.  For this visibility, you can pick from Public, Friends, Friends except acquaintances, Only Me or Custom.

Even more important, check the personal information provided to the app. For many apps, the public profile may be required, but other info such as your list of Facebook friends, birthday, hometown, and your email address can be deselected. Also, most of the time, there is no need for the app to access your pages or manage your business.

So trim the access for each app or remove them entirely. Upon removal, you will no longer see this app or website in your Facebook connected apps list.

How To Up Your Facebook Marketing Game Using Facebook Groups

Facebook’s organic reach has declined.

By a lot.

The average organic reach versus page likes is a whopping 5.17%, meaning only about 5% of your fans are actually seeing the content you’re sharing on Facebook organically.

Facebook is still one of the top social media networks for brands to be on, though.

Regardless of what kind of brand, size, or service offerings, Facebook has become the Google of social networks and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

With Marketplace, Groups, Messenger, Pay, Instagram ownership, and so much more, the social media giant is a one-stop social media shop for a user to do almost anything on a single network.

This forces all brands to have a presence, a very established one, on the social network and remain active updating business information, sharing new content, and communicating with their fans.

By now though, most of us have come to realize in order to succeed on Facebook one must pay-to-play, especially with organic reach percentages so low.

But there is another workaround if you aren’t ready to fork out the big bucks for that extra post reach.

Cue drumroll….

Facebook Groups.

Brands can and should be using Facebook groups as a way to ensure their most important content is actually seen by their target demographic and as another way to communicate with potential and existing customers.

Let’s explore the many different ways brands can utilize Facebook groups for marketing.

Introduce New Products & Services in Your Branded Facebook Group

A branded Facebook group is simply a group that is created by a brand/company, has employees as the admins, and usually consists of core fans and newbies as group members.

It’s also the perfect place to gather your top customers and potential new ones, ultimately creating an intimate community around the brand.

You can do all of these tasks inside of your branded Facebook group by simply posting updates or by having a watch party of an upcoming product launch.

This gives the Facebook group users the first look at your newest product line.

This will give you plenty of feedback on what to expect when you share it with the public in a future marketing campaign.

Make sure to spread out a mix of your post types inside your group, just like you do on your Facebook Page.

For example, a good content mix for a branded Facebook group looks like this:

Monday: Weekly inspiration post.

Tuesday: Memes/fan engagement post.

Wednesday: News/company updates.

Thursday: Memes/fan engagement post + News follow up post.

Friday: Poll/fan engagement post.

Branded Facebook groups are a great place to collect feedback and perform audience research on a core group of fans.

Dive deep into audience research by hosting a social learning group.

This is similar to regular groups but allows admins more features like how posts are displayed and the way users engage with them – ultimately giving you more data.

As you collect information about your new products, content, or services, pay extra attention to who is leaving the feedback.

Are they your target demographic?

Are they existing customers from your database or new to your brand?

Check their Facebook profiles to – at the very least – identify their gender, age, and location.

When in doubt, simply ask the group members what kind of content, products, or services they want to see next from you.

And be on the lookout, because members of Facebook groups are not afraid to speak up.

Provide Customer Service Through Facebook Groups

Brands should always utilize groups to share new products and updates, but one of the biggest benefits for brands to use Facebook groups is to provide another layer of customer service.

We recently did a social ad campaign to help grow a Facebook group for an appliance parts company.

I think we can all agree appliance parts aren’t the most captivating thing on the internet these days, especially for a whole Facebook group.

Yet, the group became one of their top revenue sources from social media simply because it became a resource for customers and potential customers to ask the brand questions and communicate shared experiences of broken appliances with other customers.

This resulted in new purchases made because solutions were provided inside of this group, both by employees and fellow customers.

The parts company dedicated a whole new department of content just for inside of this group.

Providing how-to videos, installation tips, and guides so any member of the group received dedicated customer support and educational content.

Sure, a customer can always call that 1-800 number or fill out a contact form, but there is a different human component of going to a brand’s Facebook group and posting a question.

It’s a more neutral place to share experiences and get solutions from the real people behind a brand, the ones who are admins of the group, and fellow customers who have already worked with the brand.

With a branded Facebook group, a customer can come to your new group and share their questions and get real answers from real people.

This is a huge win as it gives you the opportunity to address the questions and have the responses seen by other members of the group, potentially addressing other people’s questions and providing even more solutions.

Which brings me to the next benefit of marketing with Facebook groups: user-generated content.

Collect User-Generated Content From Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are notorious for collecting reviews and testimonials, without looking like a 1-star rating on Google.

And after frequent activity in the group (regular posting from admins and conversations from both the admins and users), you’ll find group members doing this on their own.

This is the kind of real-life content that does so well when shared by a brand on other social networks like Instagram, blog posts, and email campaigns.

The second opportunity brands have is to find new brand ambassadors inside of Facebook groups.

The extra-bonus step here is to contact the person through messenger and offer them a 10% discount or free product as a way of saying thanks for spreading the word about your brand.

Join the Conversation & Monitor Brand Sentiment as a Business Owner

Now thinking outside of your branded Facebook group, you can join other Facebook groups as your Facebook Page or as a user.

When it comes to marketing on Facebook Groups though, you may want to consider joining as a user first.

According to Bambu, people are 16 times more likely to read a social post from a friend versus a brand.

This gives you the opportunity to speak up as an individual if anyone talks about your business or brand in one of these local groups from an employee or business owner perspective.

Be aware though, not everything people share in groups is positive, and to help keep track of your brand sentiment as a business you need to be aware of all conversations related to your brand.

“Karen, we’re so sorry to hear you experienced that. Please call our 1-800 so we can make it right.

– Mike, Home Depot Oregon”

Instead, provide more comfort with a human response from your own profile:

“Oh no! That is not at all what we are trying to represent at X Depot, Karen. I’m so sorry you had that experience. I’ve been the Store Manager there for the past 9 months and want to make things right with you. I’ve sent you a DM and we’ll figure out a better solution for you.

– Mike Reed”

Become the Talk of the Town (Or Industry) While Monitoring the Talk

When I moved to Oregon from California I quickly joined as many local Facebook groups as I could so I could get a feel for the new area and start collecting recommendations.

As we’ve remodeled our home, every contractor we’ve worked with we’ve found as a recommendation in a local Facebook group – not once heading to Google.

Facebook groups have such a huge impact on local businesses and have become a hub for local business recommendations from real customers.

Even if your brand isn’t limited to local-only services, you should join several local Facebook groups with your Facebook profile and sign up for notifications for the groups so you’re aware each time a new post is shared.

Especially the ones who need recommendations.

Non-local businesses can do this on a similar scale, joining groups related to their industry or product.

For example, that appliance parts client not only created their own branded Facebook group to offer a more casual form of customer service but it also joined several DIY home improvement groups.

Which in the end, isn’t it the goal of any marketing strategy to provide a solution to a customer’s problem utilizing your service or product?

Facebook groups work best when you utilize them as a place for two-way communication, both asking and listening to the group members.

Ready to go create your branded Facebook group?

Here’s how from Facebook.

Facebook Group Marketing: Key Takeaways

Ask for feedback on new services and products in your branded groups.

Create a Facebook Group as another way to provide customer service, having a dedicated member of your team as the admin.

Discover new brand ambassadors and influencers inside of Facebook groups.

Join other Facebook groups to keep track of brand sentiment.

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All screenshots taken by the author, November 2023

What Do You Think Apple’s California Streaming Event Invite Is Teasing?

More than once a year, Apple sends out invitations to something big. In the first half of the year we get an invite to that year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and then later it’s all about the big ol’ September event. The event is the Big Deal, of course, where all the excitement comes from. But the invites aren’t without their attention grabbing antics.

You’ve seen it more than a few times by now. After Apple sends out an invite, more than a few people out there will start hypothesizing what it could mean. While not everyone will go over it with a magnifying glass or a fine-toothed comb, there’s definitely a lot of attention put towards these digital releases.

This year isn’t any different.

That image just above was sent out with invitations for this year’s WWDC. At first glance, there’s not much there! A very hip person with some great glasses is looking at a MacBook . . . Pro with an excited look on their face. But then you look a bit closer and you see the Calendar app’s icon shows us the date of the event: June 7, 2023. It’s a cool way to do it, for sure.

But then when you look closer, you can see that the Calendar app has the app’s name highlighted above it. Now, this happens by default when you put your mouse over one of those icons in the macOS Dock. However, it does look a bit different and that apparently got a lot of people thinking Apple was hinting at some big changes to Accessibility in the next version of the company’s desktop operating system (which is macOS 12 Monterey).

That didn’t turn out to be the case, though. Turns out the invitation’s image was really all about the big day’s date.

Now, the image just above is from the invitation Apple sent out for its “California Streaming” event happening on September 14, 2023. It’s very pretty to look at, for sure. Very bright and contrasty. We get a nice mountain background and some placid water. Oh, and a very luminous Apple logo for good measure.

This invite doesn’t appear to show a lot at all. Apple’s augmented reality version does show us the event’s date within the Apple logo, but I’m not sure that counts. But, while this is a very nice invitation to what will probably be a great event. But does it hint at anything?

I did see some folks, like Brandon Havard, say it gives them some “always-on display” vibes:

— Brandon Havard (@BrandonJHavard) September 7, 2023

An always-on display for the iPhone is one of the more oft-requested features to date, something Apple has simply just refused to add to its smartphone lineup so far. Is this the year that the company actually does it? Will the iPhone 13 Pro use this as a differentiating feature? Maybe! Is this invite hinting at that? Maybe!

Now that Havard has put that out there in the universe, I find myself not only hoping that is indeed the case, but now I can see that “hint” in the invitation, too. I definitely couldn’t before, but now I don’t have to look too hard to see where the idea is coming from.

That being said, if it turns out this invitation is nothing more than just a very bright, very nice picture coupled with a very important date for Apple, I wouldn’t be surprised. But I am curious to see what you think. Is Apple teasing a big reveal for its upcoming California Streaming event? If so, what do you think it is?

Google Maps Vs Apple Maps: Which Navigation App Is Right For You?

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Google Maps and Apple Maps are two of the most widely used navigation apps today, offering a range of features to make traveling easier and more convenient. However, each app has its unique strengths and weaknesses. In this Google Maps vs Apple Maps showdown, we’ll compare both apps’ features, user interface, navigation accuracy, car integration, and more.

Google Maps vs Apple Maps

If you own an Android phone, you’ve likely been using Google Maps, which is pre-installed on most devices. Although, it can be easily downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS devices. On the other hand, while Apple Maps is a native app on iOS devices, it is not officially available for Android devices through the Google Play Store. However, there are workarounds to access Apple Maps using web-based solutions, though the experience may not be as seamless or feature-rich as on an iOS device.

Already, Google Maps gets bonus points for near-universal availability. While the decision between Apple Maps vs Google Maps is likely faced more often by iPhone users, the comparison between navigation apps is still a worthwhile investigation regardless of which device you have. Let’s find out which app does a better job of getting you from point A to Point B.

Features and Abilities

Google Maps offers various features such as real-time traffic updates, voice-guided navigation, offline maps, Street View for an on-the-ground first-person perspective, and live location. It also integrates with Google services like Google Assistant for hands-free control and Google Earth for satellite imagery.

Apple Maps, on the other hand, has similar features like real-time traffic, voice-guided navigation, offline maps, and Look Around. However, it also includes Apple-specific features like indoor maps for public places like airports, Flyover for a drone-like view of major landmarks and cities, and Siri integration for hands-free control. Both apps use a dark mode to make it easier for your eyes during late-night driving.

User Interface

Both Google Maps and Apple Maps have user-friendly interfaces. Google Maps is a bit more cluttered, with more information displayed on the screen at once. Along the top screen is the search bar, with your account profile accessible from the left. Below you’ll find dedicated buttons for things like restaurants or gas stations, which can be helpful.

At the bottom of the screen is a menu to access the Explore and Commute features, saved locations, local news, and the option to contribute reviews and feedback for local amenities. If you find it all a bit much, you can tap the center of the screen, and it will all disappear.

Navigation Accuracy

Traffic Information

Public Transport

Google Maps’ robust public transportation system offers comprehensive information on transit routes, schedules, and estimated travel times. Apple Maps has improved its public transport information in recent years, but it still lags behind Google Maps in terms of coverage and accuracy. It can tell you the location of, say, a bus that’s en route, but it can’t tell you how crowded that bus is, which Google Maps can. Either way, they’ll both tell you what stop to get off at and suggest alternative ride-share options.

Assistant Integration

Google Maps integrates seamlessly with Google Assistant, enabling voice commands and personalized recommendations based on your Google account. Apple Maps integrates with Siri, offering a similar experience for iPhone users. Both assistants offer comparable functionality, with the choice mainly coming down to personal preference and ecosystem loyalty.

Siri does work with Google Maps, but you will have to specify which app you want directions from, or else it will default to Apple Maps. You can turn Siri off and download and set up Google Assistant on your iPhone, so you don’t have to say “directions to X from Google Maps” every time, but it is a bit of a hassle either way.

Street View vs Look Around

Google Maps Street View provides panoramic street-level imagery, allowing users to explore locations virtually from a first-person perspective. Apple Maps’ Look Around offers a similar feature with high-resolution, 3D imagery. Both are valuable alternatives to the typical top-down view of maps that give you a better sense of the terrain, especially while traveling to new areas.

While both features serve the same purpose, Google Maps has more extensive coverage since it has been around since 2007. More users have had more time to contribute images from streets worldwide. Apple’s Look Around has only been around since 2023, and the number of places you can actually use the feature is far less. Google had a head start and has managed to document more places, but Apple Maps should catch up to be just as robust with time.

Business Information

Both Google Maps and Apple Maps offer detailed business information, including addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and customer reviews. With Google Maps, you’ll find discovery options for specific categories below the search bar and a general overview of everything available from the Explore tab at the bottom. Apple Maps has a Fine Nearby feature that works similarly to Explore, but the information is paltry in comparison.

Google Maps has a more extensive database due to crowdsourcing user contributions through reviews and ratings. Contact information, opening hours, menus, and more are all at your fingertips. Also, because Google knows where people are at any moment, it can estimate how busy a place is, which is helpful if you want to avoid crowds.

Apple Maps has curated guides that source relevant editorial content online to help familiarize you with an area, which can sometimes provide higher-quality recommendations. Still, you certainly get more quantity of user feedback and tips from Google Maps discovery.

Privacy Car Integration

Google Maps is available on Android Auto, while Apple Maps works with Apple CarPlay. Both systems offer a similar experience: voice-guided navigation and easy access to music and communication apps on their vehicle’s infotainment system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on many car models and work seamlessly with your vehicle’s controls. The choice between the two largely depends on your smartphone platform and personal preferences.

Google Maps vs Apple Maps: Which one is right for you?

Both Google Maps and Apple Maps offer a range of features to make navigation and travel more convenient. While Google Maps has an edge in areas like traffic information, public transport, and business information, Apple Maps shines in terms of privacy, user interface, and seamless integration with the Apple ecosystem. Ultimately, the choice between Google Maps and Apple Maps comes down to personal preference, the devices you use, and the specific features you prioritize. It’s worth trying both apps to see which one best suits your needs and preferences.

Which navigation app do you prefer?

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Yes, you can use Google Maps on Apple CarPlay. To do this, you must install the Google Maps app on your iPhone and a CarPlay-compatible vehicle. Once connected, you can select Google Maps from the CarPlay interface to use it for navigation.

Yes, you can use Google Maps on Apple Watches with WatchOS 5 or higher and iOS 10 or higher. You must also turn on location services to use Google Maps on your Apple Watch.

Apple Maps is not officially available for Android devices through the Google Play Store. However, there are workarounds to access Apple Maps using third-party apps or web-based solutions, but the experience is not as seamless or feature-rich as on an iOS device.

Get Facebook Chat Heads In Google Chrome

You should be logged in to your Facebook account before you follow the following procedure.

1. Head over to the chúng tôi page on the Chrome Web Store. Make sure you are using Chrome to visit the website.

4. Once the extension has been installed, you will see a confirmation message that looks like the image below. It says that the extension was successfully installed.

From now on, when someone sends you a message on Facebook, you will be able to see it as a chat head in your Chrome, similar to what you had in the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone.


Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who’s written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He’s been into the field for last eight years and hasn’t spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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