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She clicked sign-in with Google. Strangers got access to all her files.

By Geoffrey A. Fowler

22 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Should you enable logging in using Gmail or Facebook? This WaPo article says no, as it can give third parties access to your personal data. There's a way to opt-out of such log-in features.

You've probably seen it on lots of apps and websites: buttons urging you to sign in with your Google or Facebook account. Sometimes it's to let you share files, photos or emails. Other times it's to use Google or Facebook as a quick way to log in somewhere new.

My rule of thumb is to just say no.

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