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. Users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords were stolen. 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, 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. 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 by a hacker may seem like it’s not much of a big deal, it still holds more power if you look at the bigger picture. For instance, the app has the capability to know the precise performance and location 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 will then be placed in potential danger and can be easily tracked by the person who has their data.
Securing The 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. Using 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 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 of great importance that the users are aware of what the app can do.
While data breaches like these are common these days, and companies have the means to protect its users, it is still best if users take precautionary measures themselves.