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

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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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  • 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 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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  • Strava blocked me from giving kudos to anyone.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • This is happening to me also. 
    With all of the privacy controls enabled people who you don't approve to follow you shouldn't be able to view your activities. End of story. 

    I understand the issue with needing to display the ride for leader boards to keep people accountable so they don't jump in a car or train and cheat for KOM's. But can't you instead create private leader boards for just yourself? I don't use leader boards to compare myself to other people, but instead to compare to my previous efforts. 

     

    I don't want to have to make all of my activities private because that defeats the point of sharing my rides with my friends. Plus then I can't track my individual progress.

    Blocking individual athletes is pointless also because there are so many of them out there now with this poor behavior that if you block one, another is just going to pick up where they left off. 

    It seems that most of these "Stranger-Kudo's" problems stem from being part of a club more so than public leader boards. 

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  • I had a recent spamming type effect from this guy https://www.strava.com/athletes/16062157 . Kudos on lots of insignificant rides, they guy is not connected to me in anyway and is based thousands of miles away. Seems like some kind of scam or spam IMO. i have blocked him, but it is very suspicious

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  • Well, the rocket scientist is back with further comments... :-p

    There is a conundrum to what many ask for here. I'm okay with getting kudos from a stranger, if - for example - I stole their QOM. Or if I do a race or big ride and impress someone - or they impress me - it's nice to kudos them (espec podium places). And, I don't want to have to 'follow' more than just my friends. My feed has too much in it already. I know many other people on Strava and kudos them when they get accomplishments and I see it, but I am a "stranger" to many (ie not a Strava follower).

    Having yourself on a leaderboard means it is going to be public. After my stalking problems I went private all the way. Blocking did not solve the problem (though it would help many who object to the same "stranger" always kudos-ing them).

    FWIW Ted Daly: if your rides are private you still know how you did against not only yourself but against others too. With a private ride, every segment I do gives me an option to see it against the leaderboards, but also whether it's a PR etc., and I can look at it against all my results. Comparing yourself to your previous efforts is exactly what Strava does private OR public. Nothing is different except my rides are not publicly accessible. Yes, it means my friends can't see what I'm doing. Yes, that kinda s*cks. But I'm taking privacy over stalking.

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  • I have started receiving random kudo from people I don't  know and who do not follow me, all my followers have to be approved.  I have enhanced privacy settings turned on.  As has been said above it happens instantly when I upload.  I do not like this at all, the thought that someone I have not approved seeing my runs is creepy and dangerous for a female runners. Someone please tell me how to stop this.  Thanks

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  • same issues for me, I received kudos from two individuals from a country in a language I don't recognize yesterday and I'm in Canada. I understand the danger that this issue poses for women from potential stalkers who have acces to their routes. This is unacceptable and needs to be fixed asap.

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  • On top of the privacy concerns, these idiots (worst offenders in TX) mean that I wake up with 50+ kudos messages on my phone in the morning, hiding all my useful alerts

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  • Quick update: I figured out how they are doing this in my case.  For me personally all of this started when I joined various local clubs.  All of sudden I got Kudos from people that I was not following or people that were not following me BUT these Kudos come come from EXISTING Club members (for me).  

    FYI (maybe obvious to others) each club at the top has number of ACTIVITIES listed for a predetermined time (ex. one week).  When you click on number it will list all club activities.  So ... people go through and click Kudos on it.  

    Makes sense.  You joined a club to share your activities with your club members.  You joined because you want to become a better athlete or continue to be motivated (or whatever the case may be).  Your club members have the opportunity to support you by giving you Kudos.  

    Now that I understand how I am receiving these Kudos I am okay with it.  It was my choice to join the club and share my activities with the club. 

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  • Yep just started with me too - random weirdos from around the globe sending multiple kudos for single rides,  - reading the posts, it seems that once its starts, it gets worse? I choose to use this software, and am comfortable with adding info to social media generally. However Strava - you need to demonstrate that you're looking for a solution, especially as people are paying for premium membership  

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  • A privacy update for all of you.

    Starting this week, if you are a member of a Strava Club and you have enabled Enhanced Privacy:

    Your Activities in the Club's Feed will only be visible to club members who are also your approved followers. 

    For example, if I am a member of the same club as you, but I do not follow you, I will not see your Activities in the Club's Feed. Also, if I am not a club member, and I also do not follow you, I similarly won't see your Activities in the Club's Feed. 

     

    We look forward to hearing about other privacy concerns that are important to you, and we plan to continue our efforts to improve privacy on Strava. Thank you! 

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  • To add to @Steve Crosby's suggestion: Place a toggle within Privacy Settings that prevents all Strava users, except followers, to comment on or place Kudos on activities.   Follower requests can then be the control point to allow real life social encounters to be continued or discontinued on Strava.

    This is in line with private accounts on instagram or facebook restrictions etc. Should be relatively easy to code and most users would be grateful for it.

    It is a shame that this social platform of sharing has come to this but I guess its like a magnifying glass on  life - these platforms bring out the best and worst in people. 

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I've been sponsoring you as a premium member for over three years because I think that what you're doing is cool. However, I'm less than impressed with the lack of response to this problem! Blocking individual athletes is a cludge and not a proper solution! Surely it's not difficult to understand that people don't want kudos from complete strangers!!!

    Thanks,

    -John

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  • How about limiting the ability to give Kudos to (a) followers and (b) people in the leaderboards for that ride. Shouldn't be to difficult to code for the pointy-headed types (and I don't mean time trialists).

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  • Seems very much like Strava are ignoring this problem.  I've seen no indication that they acknowledge the problem or doing anything to fix it!

    Unfortunately for me its not Like Piotr W says the kudos i am getting are from random people not local to me or associated with any of the clubs I am in but from people in far flung parts of the globe.

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