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App helps you avoid run-ins with people you don't want to see

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You can now avoid those dreaded run-in's with your ex thanks to a new app called Cloak.

Users tell the app who they want to avoid, like ex-spouses, ex-girlfriends/boyfriends or frenemies, then it notifies you of their location by pulling information from Foursquare and Instagram.

Just the idea is a hit with some people we showed it to.

"Really? I've never heard of that before," said Lynn Hill of Savannah.

Hill had never heard of Cloak, but she's all ears now.

"That would be great. I could pin point him," she said.

She even knows just who she wants to avoid.

"My ex-husband," Hill said.

"You still have to, in some way, shape or form, follow them so you can get their updates, Facebook or Instagram updates," Brian Hodge, Resident Surgeon at Digital Doc Savannah, said.

Hodge did a check up on the Cloak app and he said the other person doesn't even have to have Cloak for Cloak to find out where they are or how far away they are from you.

"It feeds off their Foursquare or Instagram updates, so all they have to do is use one of those social medias and it reads those social medias," Hodge said.

The app is aimed at avoiding exes, but it could also be co-workers. You hit the screen button which wipes the screen like a radar and tells you who is nearby, online and how far away.

You can flag them to be informed where they are. You can also go through your friends list and flag people you really want to avoid.

However, Hodge also sees some possible dangers with Cloak too.

"You can use it to stalk people. Kind of funny in a way, cloak and dagger. You can use it for mischievous purposes. It all ties back to being careful what you post," he said.

"That wouldn't be good," Hill said. "But, I would still get it. I would still want it."

Cloak is free for iPads or iPhones. You do have to share your information for Foursquare and Instagram, like password information with the app.

If you are ok with that, then the app may be right up your alley and you can start avoiding right away.

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