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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. Users’ usernames, email addresses and passwords were stolen. 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 then urged their users to immediately change their passwords. 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, 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 get into their system without being noticed.

And although having your fitness and dietary progress stolen may seem like it doesn’t matter, the information can still have bigger power than what the users may think. For example, the app has the ability to collect precise performance and the location data 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. Whoever holds the user’s data may then be able to track them down, putting the users in potential danger.

Securing Your 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.

Setting 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 Terms and Services Conditions

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 of great importance that the users are aware of what the app can do.

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.

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