The Security Breach of MyFitnessPal
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 that was stolen included the users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords. After the company noticed that an unauthorized person had accessed the data on February, they immediately started to notify their users through in-app messaging and emails. The company urged their users to take immediate actions and change their passwords. Unfortunately, it is still unclear who had orchestrated the data breach which stole the data of millions of users.
Under Armour, MyFitnessPal’s parent company, claimed that none of the users’ financial information were affected by the breach of data. As the company does not require any government issued identifiers like driver’s license numbers of social security numbers, the damage of the data breach is considered as moderate. 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.
Securing The Data
This situation is a very important reminder for everyone that in this modern age of technology, any personal data can be easily hacked into. Thus, listed below are the things that a person can do in order to secure their private data.
Setting Complex 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 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 very important that the users are aware of the capabilities of the app itself.
While data breaches like these are becoming more common in this age of technology and companies have the ability to protect its users, it is still important that users take precautionary measures in protecting their data.