Security Breach Incident 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. 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 then urged the users to change their passwords immediately. 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, then claimed that their users’ financial information were not affected by the breach in any way. 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 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. The users will then be placed in potential danger and can be easily tracked by the person who has their data.
Getting Your Data Secured
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.
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 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 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.