Maintaining our health is a priority for many of us. So it’s only natural that in the modern digital age, we’ve developed thousands of health apps and gadgets to help monitor our fitness and keep us on track. One of the most popular health apps out there is MyFitnessPal, with which users share their daily diet and fitness information to determine optimal caloric intake. Only now, these users may have unwittingly shared their data with a group of cybercriminals that have breached the popular app. Just yesterday, it was revealed that 150 million accounts for the MyFitnessPal site and app were breached earlier this week.
As of now, few details have emerged about how the attack happened or what the intention was behind it. While the breach did not compromise financial data, large troves of other personal information were affected. The impacted information included usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords.
MyFitnessPal, which is a subsidiary of Under Armour, has notified affected customers of the breach (see below), and Under Armour has released an official statement making the public aware of the attack as well. So now that potentially impacted customers are aware of the breach – what next?
There are a few security steps affected customers should take immediately. Start by following these pointers below:
- Change your password immediately. If you are a MyFitnessPal user, you should first and foremost change the password to your account. Then, you should also change your password for any other account on which you used the same or similar information used for your MyFitnessPal account.
- Stay vigilant. Another way cybercriminals can leverage stolen emails is by using the list for phishing email distribution. If you see something sketchy or from an unknown source in your email inbox, be sure to avoid clicking on any links provided. Better to just delete the email entirely.
- Monitor your credit card statement. If cybercriminals are able to leverage the data to gain access to accounts, there’s potential they gain access to financial data, too. And as we know, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to consistently scan your credit card statement for any suspicious or irregular activity. If you see anything odd, flag to your bank immediately.
- Lock down your mobile device. If for some reason the MyFitnessPal app is impacted by this attack, or in the future, it’s best you ensure the data stored on your mobile device is secure. To do just that, use a mobile security solution such as McAfee Mobile Security.
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