permissions

How Can I Get My Company to Password Protect Its Files?

OneDrive

Episode 1783

Karen from California

Karen's work stores their data up in the cloud, but her boss wants to password protect all files because he isn't thrilled with anyone in the company having access to all their data on One Drive. Leo says that Microsoft's Sharepoint is a collaborative security service, which allows companies to provide permissions to folders, files, and other data. Microsoft One Drive for Business also has that feature. 

Allow the Relevant Permissions for Your iOS Apps Requesting Access

If an application needs to share Photos and Video to an iOS device, it needs to store the files in the Photos album of your device in order to work. On an Apple device, the permissions will be granular. If you want to send a picture through an app like Facebook Messenger, you will get a pop-up asking for your permission to access your device's photos. That is normal, so don't freak out. If an app is asking for permissions to certain areas of your iOS device (like Contacts, Location, etc.) that don't seem to relate to the app's function, be wary.

Why Do I Have to Grant My Security System Access to My Photos and Videos?

Eufy

Episode 1752

David from Anaheim, CA

David has been looking at home security systems and they are so expensive for monthly fees. So he went with Eufy, which doesn't. But it won't allow him to share videos without access to his personal videos and photos, and his search history. Leo says they need access to a camera roll in order to save and share from it since that's where the videos are stored. That's a normal thing for iOS security. But that shouldn't impact search history. But Apple will split up each permission and then users can say no. Or say yes now, and then turn it off once he's shared the video.

Why do I have to always input my passwords in Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1732

Larry from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Larry was recently forced to update to Windows 10 vs. 2004, and now it won't remember passwords. He has to manually input them constantly. Leo says that there's a permission issue in Windows that's preventing Microsoft EDGE from saving the password "cookie" in the directory, and as such, the browser can't write to it without permission. Run the Microsoft System File Checker and see if it repairs it. If you know what folder it's saved as, you can r/c on it and take ownership of it. Try that with your home folder. It will take ownership of everything within your home folder.

Understanding Permissions and Terms of Service

When using an application, services, or a device, you'll be asked to accept the permissions or ToS (terms of service) in order to use said application or device. 

It's important now and days to understand what these permissions and terms of service do with your rights and data, and how third parties are using that information. So how does one understand what these permissions & terms of service do?

What happens if I say no to permissions on my tablet?

Amazon Fire Tablet

Episode 1651

Richard from West LA, California

Richard wants to know if he refuses to agree to terms of service or permissions on his Amazon Fire Tablet, will he be able to use it still? Leo says you can. They ask for it because they know people don't read it, and they want to scan your data to show you targeted ads. You may lose a few features, but odds are, they aren't worth having if you say no. 

Check out TOSDR to understand what your terms of service and permissions really mean.

Do I Have to Give Gmail Permission to Compose Emails in Safari?

Safari

Episode 1634

Dan from Clairmont, CA

Dan upgraded to OS X Catalina last week, and he's starting to get a warning that Google will be able to read, delete and compose email in his account. Leo says that isn't from Google. He suspects that Dan may have an extension installed in Safari that's causing that, or that it could be a standard European GDPR warning message. But even if he approves it, he can revoke the permissions in settings. But first, look at extensions.  Safari-Preferences-Extensions.

Why did Windows Defender block Camtasia?

Camtasia

Episode 1529

Thomas from Vancouver, WA

Thomas was running into problems with Windows Defender blocking Camtasia and OBS from saving files. Leo thought that if he had been running as a limited or standard user, that he simply wouldn't have the permissions for that, but he's running as administrator. Leo says this does seem suspicious. Thomas should set up a shortcut for Camtasia and OBS to run as administrator. When you right click on an application, one of the options that comes up is "run as administrator." It may be that those apps need more permissions.

Why do my apps time out in Android?

Episode 1277

Shannon from Nebraska

Shannon updated his mobile phone to Android Marshmallow and now his apps time out after a few minutes. Leo says that Marshmallow added a feature called Doze, which is supposed to help with battery life, and Shannon should go into the application manager settings and see if the permissions are set to allow backgrounding. It may be that they are being blocked to work in the background. For the apps that are stalliing, Leo suggests uninstalling them and then reinstalling them, paying close attention to the permissions it asks for.

Why do apps require so much access to my phone?

Apps

Episode 1136

Brian from New Hampshire

Brian doesn't understand why apps ask permission for so much access to his smartphone in order to run. Leo says that while being able to have denied permissions would be nice, it could break the app since most aren't written that way. But Leo believes we'll eventually get there.

In iOS 8, users get the ability to refuse the permission for apps to ask for contacts. But sometimes those permissions need to be given even for basic functions of the app.