MyFitnessPal Security Breach]
On March 29, 2018, it was reported that data of more than 150 million users of a popular fitness and dietary app called MyFitnessPal have 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 urged their users to take immediate actions and change their passwords. Unfortunately, the identity of the hacker/s, who stole the data of millions of users is still unknown.
Under Armour, MyFitnessPal’s parent company, then claimed that their users’ financial information were not affected by the breach in any way. The damage of the data breach is considered moderate since the company does not require 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 though having your dietary and fitness progress stolen may not look like a big deal, it still has some power when you consider the bigger picture. For instance, the app has the capability to know the precise performance and location 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. Whoever holds the user’s data may then be able to track them down, putting the users in potential danger.
Securing The Data
This is an important reminder that any personal data can be easily hacked in this age of modern technology. Thus, listed below are the things that a person can do in order to secure their private data.
1. Using Complex Passwords
While a lot of people may prefer generic and easy passwords, it is still best to at least put some thought and effort in setting your passwords. Though making your password more complex may seem too easy, this may give the hackers a hard time in cracking your password and therefore giving more time for the app’s company to fix the issue and have your important data secured.
2. Reading Through the Terms and Services Conditions
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 very important that the users are aware of the capabilities of the app itself.
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.