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. 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, 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, then claimed that their users’ financial information were not affected by the breach in any way. 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 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. 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. Here then, are some of the most important tips and tricks that one can do in order to individually secure their private data.
1. Setting Strong 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 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 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 important for the users to know just what it is that 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.