I’ve written about this a million times, and people are still letting everyone see all the details of their Venmo transactions.
For example, I can see that …
- Somebody I barely know paid for a chicken sandwich for his friend who forgot his wallet
- I can see that one of my neighbors is paying for her kid’s tutor
- I can see people paying for babysitters
- Teacher’s gifts
- A kale salad with beans
- Somebody I know thru work treated somebody with a Starbucks for their extra hard work
- Hairdresser got paid by Venmo
Nothing horrible here but it feels weird to see people’s private lives exposed in public. I’m not quite sure whether you see all your contacts or only facebook friends who also happen to be Venmo users, but it’s a lot of people in your peripheral network. Venmo makes it sound so cool to see what your family and friends are doing, but what you see is way more invasive. For example, a while back, I saw a very casual friend’s weekly payments for a hook-up. I didn’t need to know that much about him.
Here’s how you make the switch to private:
- Go on your Venmo
- Go to Settings
- Go to Privacy and then click on Private.
- Additionally, click on “past transactions” and switch them to private as well.
And here’s why you should do it per thenextweb.com
- Venmo, which has 40 million monthly active users, makes transaction details public by default. This includes usernames, full names, profile pictures, recipient information, and more.
- Venmo has stated it keeps the transaction history public by default because it treats them as a social activity. “People open up Venmo to see what their family and friends are up to,” it said last year.
- But the PayPal-owned company has done precious little to prevent scenarios that could result in the potential abuse of the public API to scrape users’ transaction details.
And that’s it for today’s PSA! You’re welcome!Read More >