Data of more than 150 million users of a well-known fitness and dietary app called “MyFitnessPal” had been hacked on March 29, 2918. Users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords were stolen. 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 and whereabouts of the people/s who had orchestrated the breach which stole the data of millions of people 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 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. 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 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. The users will then be placed in potential danger and can be easily tracked by the person who has their data.
This incident is an important reminder for everyone that any type of data can easily be 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 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 App’s Terms and Services.
While a lot of people like skipping on the terms and services, it is still very important that users know and learn what exactly they’re getting themselves into. 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.