Author Topic: Anybody here using IFTTT?  (Read 942 times)

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Anybody here using IFTTT?
« on: January 10, 2017, 04:30:04 PM »
Looks like another security risk to me.

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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 04:55:45 PM »
Yeah, I use that.

If you have two factor on apps it's fine I reckon.

Plus you can always delete app access tokens.

I use it for posting content from Instagram to all other sites, so you only need to drive instagram.


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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 05:31:23 PM »
I use it and Zapier (prefer Zapier).

As ukgimp says - for IFTTT I have it grabbing public tweets and throwing them into a spreadsheet on an account which otherwise has 2-factor auth.

With Zapier, I'm doing more involved things.

Customer fills out Google Form and data flows to spreadsheet -> zap -> customer receives email -> zap -> check spreadsheet every day and if customer has asked for a resend today, then send it.

Again, the Sheet has 2FA. Worst case is that someone would get sheet access and then be able to run some phishing on customers. That would be bad, but knowing how the large hotel group I work with secures their booking data, I feel like our rental customer data is more secure than their data is with a lot of other services they use.

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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 06:40:17 PM »
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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 07:17:03 PM »
This encapsulates my fears around using free services.

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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2019, 07:46:20 PM »
Ergophobe: "I have never figured out IFTTT's business model."

http://th3core.com/talk/hardware-technology/google-router-gets-ifttt-support/msg42217/#msg42217

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I keep preaching "Beware of IFTTT" to the smarthome guys, but NOooooo.

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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 08:19:11 PM »
HHH. Yeah.

It's the online services equivalent of Mr Weasley's comment: "Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."

Never depend on a business if you can't figure out where it's money comes from.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/26/ifttt-raises-24m-led-by-salesforce-to-expand-its-platform-to-connect-everything/

Corollary: if the model depends on continually finding new investors, that might signal a problem.

They do, however, have a revenue stream in charging business to be open to the app
https://teknologya.com/how-does-ifttt-make-money/
« Last Edit: April 08, 2019, 08:22:51 PM by ergophobe »

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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2019, 09:01:04 PM »
>revenue stream in charging business to be open to the app

That smells kinda funny to Debbie, but the smarthome guys are *very quick* to point to that while defending their dependency.

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Re: Anybody here using IFTTT?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2019, 09:39:33 PM »
It sounds like they are only charging $200 or $500/yr to each company. I'm more comfortable with the Zapier and Integromat model - charge actual customers.

Zapier has had only one round of funding and that was only for 1.3 million and it was back in 2012.
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/zapier/funding_rounds/funding_rounds_list

You might like working for Zapier:

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In March 2017, the company offered a "de-location package", consisting of $10,000 in moving reimbursement to employees who desired to move away from the San Francisco Bay Area.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapier