Last Thursday at 10:18 pm, I received an email from MyFitnessPal, an app I’ve used on and off over the years to help track my personal nutrition. I assumed the email was nothing more than my “weekly report” which typically breaks down my overall exercise and food intake of the previous week. I nearly deleted it. Boy, am I glad I didn’t.
I opened the email to find that mine, as well as over 150 million other accounts, had fallen victim to the cyber breach of Under Armour, parent company to MyFitnessPal. It was an email that I, like many other individuals, never expect to get. Unfortunately, we live in a world where cyber breaches seem to be announced every day from some of the world’s largest brands. So, what happens when it’s your account data that is hacked? Personally, I (mildly) freaked out, but there are steps to take to be in a better position when/if your accounts are compromised. These include immediately changing your passwords to the existing accounts, not clicking on any suspicious emails claiming to be from the company in question, and also monitoring any credit cards that might be linked to your accounts.
For anyone who, like me, was affected by the Under Armour breach, here’s how to change your MyFitnessPal password. (Don’t worry, it’s easy)
On the MFP website or in the app, click or tap the “My Home” tab. Then go to “Settings” and “Change password.”
*Under Armour security experts are encouraging account owners to change the password completely instead of simply adding an extra number or letter.
Screenshot of the breach notice sent to MyFitnessPal users.
Being a victim of a cyber breach is unsettling, to say the least, but with the right precautions you can better safeguard your personal information and act faster when such data breaches occur.