How to use Fitness Tracking Apps without Sharing Where You Live

One of the first things we tell children is not to share personal information online. We do this all the time for instance when we check in on Facebook or post pics when we are on holiday. I love a bit of fitness bragging. Every time I do one of my slow, ambling bike rides I post it online using Ride With GPS .

Whichever fitness app we use there is the potential to show everyone where we live. People often post maps of their runs, bike rides or walks online including the start and end point. In many cases this will share where they live and when they are out. You can set up privacy zones in some fitness apps that will hide locations.

This is how to set up privacy zones in Strava.

Here’s how to do it in Ride With GPS

RunKeeper seems to be a little different. By default activities are set to private. If you share activities they can only be seen by people with a Runkeeper account. So far I can’t see a way of setting up privacy zones but will update if I find one.



Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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