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, which is MyFitnessPal’s parent company, claimed that the users’ financial information were not affected by the breach of data in any way. 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. Right now, the company is trying to find out how the hackers were able 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 example, the app has the ability to collect precise performance and the 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 are then in potential danger and can be tracked by whoever holds 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. In order to secure their private data, listed below are some of the things that individuals can do in order to secure their own private data.
1. Using Complex Passwords
While a lot of people may prefer generic and easy passwords, it is still best to at least 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 most people like to skip on reading the terms and services, it is still of great importance for the users to have knowledge about what the company plans on doing with the data that they share with the app. It is very important that the users are aware of the capabilities of the app itself.
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.