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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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  • Strava Support FYI:

    The new feature to keep the ride off segment leaderboards is a nice idea.

    DOESN'T WORK.

    I tested it via several accounts in our family. Not only did the segment time appear int he leaderboard, the link to the ride remained.

     

    It is - so far - a totally pointless feature that does nothing. So, still keeping all my rides private. (And successfully avoiding certain types of people. Including you, TM. Hopefully you get banned soon.)

     

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  • Strava blocked me from giving kudos to anyone.

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  • I had this one guy giving me Kudos all the time.  I don't know him and he appears to live on a different continent.  From his profile he appears to be a member of 600+ groups, follows 2500+ people, has 5000+ followers, and has logged 36,000+ miles biking on Strava.  Without the miles logged, I would say he's a spammer, but it appears he's just a guy that hits the "like" button about 10,000 times a day.

    I had to leave that group, hopefully it will fix the problem.

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  • Why can't we have a privacy option that simply says "only accept kudos from followers"?

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  • I'm a new Strava user and was very concerned to receive kudos from a stranger.  Like others have said, I have fears about people knowing my routes since I tend to follow the same routes (isolated at points) at the same time of day. I have my settings such that I approve followers.  Was the guy who gave me kudos able to see my routes and times? I'm on an Elliptigo, which is much slower than a bike, so there is no way I'm on any leaderboard.  I'd be grateful for any answers.  Really hate knowing strangers can see my data -- seems like a huge liability both for the users and Strava since people have raised this concern for well over a year.

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  • I don't mind anyone seeing my routes. I have the "Hide your house/office on your activity maps" option set so I see no security issue. It just irritates me to receive kudos from totally random strangers, often from the other side of the world. It's never the same person twice. The kudos is always given within a couple of minutes of my ride appearing on Strava, suggesting that it is given by an automated bot rather than a real person.

    I would like an option that simply says "only accept kudos from followers".

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  • I can understand people having privacy concerns, but think that is a separate issue about the ride itself. As for receiving kudos from strangers, why is that a problem? Anybody I have asked so far is happy to receive them. I am also guilty of giving kudos to strangers, I mostly find them as members of group rides having people I follow or share a club with. Also, I check flybys but those obviously won't give me a different continent (although the rider might be).

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  • This week I have started receiving unwanted kudos from what are ostensibly beautiful young women with inappropriate photos and captions (sexual nature) on their profiles. I am blocking them one by one but, like many before, I want to prevent non-followers from giving kudos. Cynically I suspect they are criminals (likely men) looking for naiive people to engage with them on a promise!

    I suspect if someone was stupid enough to meet them their bike would be taken and they'd be left looking pretty stupid. The fact that these are clearly not genuine profiles is supported by the fact that 2 of these "women" have exactly the same profile photo. Help please Strava!!!!

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  • Even if all the settings are proper then Strava still allows to access the activity by URL. So anybody who logs in can go to https://www.strava.com/activities/{activity_id} and see other athlets activities and give kudos or revew details. 

    WHY is like that? I want only my followers to see what I am doing and nobody else. Because of that I have enabled enhanced settings. Unfortunatelly the ID of activity is sequential number and anybody can guess what is valid one. Even anybody do lot of requests in the browser and track other people regardless of their settings.

    This is serious issue and need to be fixed. Fix could be simple - just to do check of the requestor identity and permissions set by the target athlete... With enhanced privacy only followers should be able to see details. The others should get some kind of unauthorized error.

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  • Seriously need this feature. Getting kudos daily from spam user with pictures of her (?) arse in underpants saying click here to f*** me, with a bit.ly link.

    1. I'm not that stupid that I'd click a bit.ly link. Hopefully most people on strava aren't that stupid so they should grow up and stop pointless spamming.
    2. Please allow only kudos from followers to stop this becoming a platform for spam.

    Thanks

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  • Maybe time to bump this thread again. Like some previous posters I have recently been getting almost 'instant' kudos from unknown individuals which then disappears again after a couple of hours. In each case the person was identified as young, female and had profile pics of a revealing and inappropriate nature. I am not a member of any clubs or groups so that cannot be the reason for my visibility.

    My conclusion is that these are bots rather than any actual person but I am concerned as to how this is happening despite me selecting enhanced privacy. Comments from anyone at Strava about why this is still going on would be welcome...

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  • What I think is happening, when you post an activity, it has a number at the end, I think this is just incremented by 1 every time a Strava user posts an activity, so if these BOTs post an activity, they can get the activity number, then start giving kudos to their activity number -1, and keep decrementing the activity by 1, until someone reports to Strava and they delete the account.

    eg a BOT posts activity, say https://www.strava.com/activities/1000000000010, it then gives Kudos to https://www.strava.com/activities/1000000000009, then https://www.strava.com/activities/100000000008, etc

    My suggestion to Strava:

    1) Dont use sequential numbers easily guessable for activities, use some kind of long hash that is not guessable by the BOTs, eg https://www.strava.com/activities/sa8ds8ujns78ddc7yhb3276d7gsjba76xfh98d655sg26g, this is still shareable but not easily guessable 

    2) Dont allow a 'free' account to give Kudos for 24 hours after account is created, no restriction on Premium accounts with credit card details.

    3) Maybe dont allow 'free' accounts to give Kudos until they are being followed, have followers and have been given Kudos themselves, again no restriction on premium accounts with credit card details.

     

    Please can Strava provide feedback? I have ticket open, but they are reluctant to answer my specific questions regarding this issue.

     

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  • This issue was raised September 07, 2014 13:41. Surely it wouldn't be difficult for Strava to implement an "only accept kudos from followers" option? That would satisfy everyone (both those who like and those who dislike unexpected kudos).

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  • Regarding Kudos.....I can't stand them. I have people that follow me and even on the most basic of rides (i.e. a commute to and from the office), I receive a kudos - every day, every time. In my opinion, a kudos should be for doing something out of the ordinary, a "good on ya mate" type pat on the back. I don't want to block or stop these people from following me as they are mates and I don't want to sour a friendship over something seemingly trivial but at the end of the day, this is not Facebook. Personally, I'd love to see Strava have a check box in the privacy settings that gave a user the option to receive kudos or not.

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  • I would like to say that this is still happening, and it's even happening from "premium accounts." I just had some Olga Poluyanova with a premium account give me kudos from omck russia, her account is freaky, looks fake, and if you google this person you come up with Russia mail order brides.

    I blocked her but the issue is now I am concerned my profile has been compromised as you can only block a malicious user after the fact.

    As others have said, I wanted to keep my account as open as possible, the whole reason I joined Strava was for the camaraderie but this scamming is pretty concerning.

    If you can update us on how Strava is dealing with scammers proactively and also create a button for us to send you the names of suspicious members that would be great.

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