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Build Privacy tools to prevent Kudos from strangers (non-followers)

I just received kudos from someone I dont know or follow and who doesnt follow me...how can that be?

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    We have another privacy update to share with you. This update will make further improvements to our privacy options to decrease the number of kudos and comments received from Strava athletes you do not know.  

    Along with our recently released feature to ensure that "Your Activities in the Club's Feed will only be visible to club members who are also your approved followers" We will soon be releasing two more important privacy features: 

    Please keep an eye out for these new Privacy settings to be available in your account. 

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  • The same has happened to me too. I receive on random activities ( i.e. not on all activities ) kudo's from a certain Simon Behrendt from Krummesse, Schlewig-Holstein.

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  • Sorry for the confusion Darin and Marcel! 

    Other Strava users can access your activities from the segment leaderboards. Even with the privacy settings, activity pages have public URLS. Our apologies for the unwelcome kudos - if it is a repeat occurrence, you might like to consider our Athlete Blocking feature. 

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  • Ok, thanks.
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  • Why is the Kudos feature open to people who you have not approved to Follow you?  Why not only allow Followers to give you Kudos?

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  • this is nuts, happens to me every week. Why are all these weirdos adding random Kudos to people on other continents? Or is some kind of spam thing??

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  • I get kudos from Simon Behrendt too here in Japan. Last time I looked he was following about 600 people, and I guess he gives kudos to them all and more. He must have sore fingers. It must take about 10 minutes a day. A couple of times I have looked at his rides, which have pretty Instagram pictures of Holland, and commented "That's pretty." My guess is that he just wants people to view his activities and in that he succeed. His random sequential kudos distribution seems to be fairly well received because when I looked he was following 600 and being followed by 599, which means that I am the only, or one of the few people not to respond in turn to his ebullience.  Perhaps he is an Internet marketer and when he has enough followers his rides will be full of pictures of Viagra.

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  • So annoying! I have enhanced privacy mode turned on but somehow folks keep finding my activities and giving me kudos.

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  • This has just started happening to me too. Yes i can accept that you get the odd person following you from some other continent, but I have, this year only, started getting kudos from others who aren't following me. Yes, I can see  that they could see a leader board or something, but it happens on my indoor training as well. Also it happens almost instantly that I upload, feels more like a bug than someone monitoring... but I guess they could be looking at one of the clubs I'm a member of and hitting F5 constantly...what do you think?

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  • Thanks for all the reports and comments - Please keep the feedback coming, because in the future we may be able to build privacy tools around Kudos. 

    I'm going to move this to the feature suggestion section, so please be sure to click the "Me Too" button to add your vote. 

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  • This also happens to me, generally these people are not following many people in comparison to how many are following them, they also tend to have lots of Kudos for silly short rides. As a test, I started a ride, lasted 10 seconds and didn't actually go anywhere, within 10 minutes I had Kudos!!!

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  • This happened to me with a ride that was on a Stationery Bike so I am sure I am not on any leaderboard for that.

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  • Elle
    I would really like Strava to fix this. In my opition this is a serious privacy issue. I share my rides with my friends for no reason other than it's a little fun. But if it means that my rides, which means my riding patterns, my riding locations and maybe even my home could be traced by total strangers, this gives me grounds to stop sharing altogether, and if I then suspect privacy issues may remain, to stop using Strava altogether. 

    I have found in the past that strangers can give me kudos if I'm part of leaderboards, and when I thought it was settled, I found out now that there are more ways for strangers to creep on me (if they share the same group). I have now left all groups I participated but if in the future we find a third back door for strangers to peek on me.... I'm not sure if I trust Strava with my privacy any more. Seriously, this seems like a basic function, and it's not the 1990, this should be pretty basic these days. 

    Please, consider a complete overhaul to Strava's privacy settings and not just one more patch in the gateway to our activities. 

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  • Has this issue been resolved yet? I also really dislike having strangers who I've not accepted as a friend on Strava kudo'ing my workouts. Aside from Athlete Blocking, is there any progress for not allowing people to access your page (even if you're listed on a leaderboard) until you've accepted their follow request?

    Thanks in advance!

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  • Nope, still happening to me. Seems to be random sad people just trying to gain 'friends'/followers. There was one guy who was clearly just trying to publicise his charity. Must spend a lot of time pointlessly clicking. Wish non followers couldn't do this. It feels very intrusive
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  • Although the strava support person is the same here as the other - different - thread I have posted in, I'd like to point out to those concerned that even if you use enhanced privacy the Strava Labs Achievement Map allows anyone to see your KOMs/QOMs.  http://labs.strava.com/achievement-map/

    Personally I think this is a very bad idea and negates much of why they have privacy in the first place. Not impressed.

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  • Where is this athlete blocking feature?

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  • Here are the instructions to block another Strava athlete: 

    Block an athlete that's already following you

    • Go to your list of followers, which you can access from the 'Following Me' tab on your profile page. 
    • Find the follower that you'd like to remove. Click on their name to go to their profile page. Click the gear icon next to their name and select "block athlete."

     Block an athlete that's not following you

    • Find the follower that you'd like to block and click on their name to go to their profile page.
    • Click the gear icon next to their name and select "block athlete."
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  • Why blocking won't stop someone seeing your activities, if they are not private:

    I've been stalked on Strava by someone for about a year and a half now. I rarely ever post rides publicly any more and have hidden rides from leaderboards by changing them to private. I blocked the other person but sometimes could see that they still were able to go out and duplicate my rides/segments.

    All they have to do, if you are on a leaderboard anywhere, is simply create a new Strava account that they don't actually use. (I should know, this is why I have this account I'm posting from!) They can then access the leaderboards and your rides on them. They could kudos you, but it's unlikely they'd reveal themselves I suppose.  

    Strava has lots of hiccups and problems but this is by far my biggest issue. I wish my private rides could be seen only by my followers period. My mom likes to see where I go but if she can see it so can the person I don't want to see it, sadly. 

     

     

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  • This has just happened to me today. Someone I don't know, nor am I ever likely to meet, has just given me kudos for everything I did last week. It's someone I could never contact, even if I wanted to, as the letters of his (her?) name don't appear on my keyboard.

    I was under the impression that the privacy settings I had chosen meant only friends/followers could comment or give kudos and anyone else could just see anonymous information without specific details such as times of runs, but not comment etc?

    It's a bit weird when random strangers from far off countries with names in an alphabet I can't read start giving me kudos for everything I do.

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  • This has just happened to me too and it is very concerning that Strava has still not sorted this out.

     

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  • This has been happening to me, too, and I was thinking that maybe I wasn't clicking everything I could on my privacy settings.

    As a female rider, this bothers me on a whole other level. I understand letting someone see the leaderboard, but the leaderboard and time on a segment should be ALL they see. Is it going to take someone stalking and attacking a woman (or man) for Strava to get a clue??

    So far, I think I'm lucky and like some of the other comments said, they're generally people to want more followers for themselves and mean no ill will. But there's nothing to say that is always the case. From a tech standpoint, this seems like a quick fix to save a lot of bad PR on Strava's side. 

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  • Following up on Antony Jackson's previous comment, I'm still not at all clear on how it's possible when I have enhanced privacy settings turned on for someone who is not following me, whom I'm not following, and who is not in any of the same clubs as I am to give me kudos on indoor activities (in my case, pool swims) for which there are no leaderboards. Elle, can you pls explain?

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  • I just got 18 kudos from the same person today, a total stranger whom I'm not following and who is not following me. I can't see anything in privacy settings to prevent my activities from being viewed and liked by strangers. I don't want people outside my approved circle keeping tabs on where I go, there should be stricter privacy settings.

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  • To the last few contributors: I suggest blocking people who repeatedly kudos you if you do not want them to do so (or, in fact, to see your rides). It can't stop it completely but could help.

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  • Thanks for the rocket science Chickpea. The point is we don't invite or want random kudos. We don't want to have to repeatedly block all the many idiot 'athletes' who are abusing the system. It's not just one person, it happens every week or so to me and its a bit of a pain, let alone the unpleasantness of thinking other people could potentially stalk you. 

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  • Agree. Needs to be address. Experienced the same issue, but from this guy https://www.strava.com/athletes/16062157

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  • This is really problematic and Strava needs to start listening to their customers. Strava is not Facebook and I don't wish to treat it as such. There should at least be an option to disallow Kudos for those you are not following or are not following you.

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  • I recorded a bike ride yesterday and got kudos from people in three different countries! WTF? How can they even see my rides?

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