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The scary reasons you should make your Venmo account private

If you haven’t made your Venmo transactions private yet, do it now.

The payment app reveals a massive amount of private details about users’ lives by default, a report released Tuesday showed. The project, created by Berlin-based coder and privacy researcher Hang Do Thi Duc, examined 207,984,218 public transactions posted on Venmo in 2017.

She found she was able to paint detailed pictures of users’ lives based on information available to anybody. “Many products that we use on a daily basis make it more difficult than it should be to protect our privacy, our most personal information,” she said. “When it comes to money, privacy by design is of greater importance and higher demand.

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