Be careful with that biking app

Biking apps can be hazardous to the security of your bikes. Especially if you ignore the privacy settings.

As the Register puts it:

IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

An IT manager in Manchester, England, says thieves stole his bikes after a smartphone cycling app pinpointed the location of his garage.

Ouch!

Another snippet from the report:

His fears were confirmed by an organizer of a local cycling club who told the paper that he had lots of reports in recent months where bicycles had been stolen and the owners suspected it was due to their use of cycling apps advertising their location.

All of which is a timely reminder to people over why they should be careful about what apps they use, what information they share, and why it’s worthwhile spending a bit of time digging into the privacy settings that many apps now offer.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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