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 which was stolen comprised of 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 their users to immediately 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, 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 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 ability to know the precise performance and location data of its users. This means that if someone else has the ability to access a user’s account, then they also possess the ability to track the user’s whereabouts and know 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 situation is a very important reminder for everyone that in this modern age of technology, any personal data can be easily hacked into. 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
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 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.