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5 Ways to Stay Safe While Using Strava

Strava is a popular app for tracking and sharing your cycling and running activities, but it’s essential to prioritise safety while using it. Here are five ways to stay safe on Strava:

  1. Privacy Settings:
    • Customise your privacy settings on Strava to control who can see your activities. You can choose to make your activities private, visible to followers, or even hide the start and finish points to protect your home address.
  2. Be Mindful of Location Data:
    • Avoid sharing the exact location of your home or other sensitive places by manually adjusting the starting point of your activities. You can do this before you start recording your ride or run on the app.
  3. Use the Beacon Feature:
    • Strava offers a Beacon feature that allows you to share your real-time location with a trusted friend or family member during your activity. This is especially useful for long rides or runs when someone should know your whereabouts.
  4. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings:
    • While Strava provides useful data during your activities, it’s crucial to stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t become overly focused on your phone or Strava data; always prioritise safety on the road or trail.
  5. Avoid Posting Precise Routes:
    • Be cautious about sharing detailed routes that you frequently ride or run. Instead, consider sharing more general route information to protect your privacy and avoid creating a predictable pattern.

Remember that safety should always be your top priority when using Strava or any other fitness app. Use these tips to enjoy your activities while protecting your privacy and personal safety.

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