MyFitnessPal Security Breach]
It was reported on March 29, 2018 that more than 150 million users’ data of a popular fitness app called MyFitnessPal had been hacked. The data which was stolen comprised of the users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords. The company then started to notify their users about the situations via in-app messaging and emails days after they noticed that an unauthorized person had successfully accessed the data a month prior. The company then urged the users to change their passwords immediately. Unfortunately, the identity of the hacker/s, who stole the data of millions of users is still unknown.
Under Armour, which is MyFitnessPal’s parent company, claimed that the users’ financial information were not affected by the breach of data in any way. The damage caused by this incident is considered moderate since the company does not collect any government-issued identifiers like driver’s license numbers or social security numbers. Right now, the company is trying to find out how the hackers were able to access their system without being noticed.
And although having your fitness and dietary progress stolen may seem like it doesn’t matter, the information can still have bigger power than what the users may think. For instance, the app has the ability to know the precise performance and location data of its users. Meaning, if someone else has access to a user’s account, they will be able to know where exactly a user is and how fast the user is going. The users will then be placed in potential danger and can be easily tracked by the person who has their data.
This is an important reminder that any personal data can be easily hacked in this age of modern technology. Here then, are some of the most important tips and tricks that one can do in order to individually secure their private data.
1. Using Complex Passwords
While some people may prefer generic and easy password, it is still best to at least put an effort in setting your passwords. Though it may seem like a very small detail, the hackers may potentially have a hard time in cracking your password, giving your company more time in fixing the problem and securing your data.
2. Reading Through the App’s Terms and Services.
While lots of people may like skipping on the terms and services, it is still very crucial that users are aware of what exactly the app is going to do with their information. It is important for the users to know just what it is that the app can do.
While breaches like these are becoming common today and companies have the ability to protect their users, it is still important that the users take precautionary measures in protecting their private information.