The Security Breach of MyFitnessPal
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 that was stolen included the users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords. This company then immediately notified their users through emails and in-app messaging after they had noticed than there was unauthorized access to the data on February. 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, claimed that none of the users’ financial information were affected by the breach of data. 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. Currently, the company is working on figuring out how the hackers had the ability to get into 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 example, the app has the ability to collect precise performance and the location data of its users. This means that if another person has the capability to access a user’s account, then they will also hold the capability of knowing about the user’s location and how fast the user is currently going. The users are then in potential danger and can be tracked by whoever holds their data.
Securing Your 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. Setting Strong Passwords
Though a lot of people prefer using generic and easy passwords, it is still best to put some thought and effort in setting your passwords. Though it is a very small detail, hackers may still end up having a hard time in cracking your password if you set it into a difficult one, thus protecting your account until the issue is fixed.
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 of great importance that the users are aware of what 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.