Running apps allow users to track their exercise, mostly used for running and cycling. Users can record stats such as running distance, location using GPS and the users heart rate.
Running apps such as Strava and Fitbit are a great way of monitoring your running abilities, sharing the route you have taken, the distance you have ran and even the steps you have done during the run. This is a great tool for exercise; however, it has its dangers that many people are unaware of. By posting a screenshot of your exercise, you may be unintentionally sharing private information such as your location and routine. By doing so, you are letting people know where you run and when you do so. This not only puts yourself at risk when you are out running, but it also lets people know when you are not at home, which can put added danger into the security of your home.
To protect yourself on your run, it is best to refrain from sharing your running routes online. If you do want to, it would be best to only track ones that don’t show your address, so finish the run before returning home, and also run-in different places so that you’re not traceable. You can also make your profile visible to ‘only you’. You can set different features to be public, allowing you to share just the information that you wish, whilst ensuring your privacy and location information is safe. Strava, one of the most popular running apps, has developed a new feature whereby users can send their location to 3 safety contacts. Those contacts can track them live, ensuring that they are safe and following their set route on their run. This can give both the runner and their loved ones the comfort in knowing they are safe during the run.