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Sharing on social media is a good way to keep in touch with friends, but sometimes that can get you in trouble. A Russian Naval officer was recently killed near his home and it was believed that he may have been tracked on the Strava App. Strava is a social fitness app where you can use it to record your exercise like walking, running or cycling. It allows you to share your activity either publicly, with friends or just yourself and you can use it to compete with others along similar track segments. There had been reports of people’s bikes being stolen in the past as thieves would use Strava to determine the cyclists’ homes so they know where to target. It was believed that this Russian Naval Officer had a routine for when he ran and the route he took. Those activities were publicly available and was it said that the chief of intelligence of Ukraine liked one of workout a week before the incident. While most of us wouldn’t need to worry about assassination attempts, we should still be mindful of what we share and who we share our personal information with.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast