Under Armour's MyFitnessPal hacked: How to protect your information
Under Armour's MyFitnessPal is just the latest in a string of companies falling prey to hackers, and cybersecurity experts say it won't be the last.
"The reality is with any electronic data system that has interface applications, those systems are vulnerable, " said cybersecurity expert Lowell Bowdle.
Bowdle is the President of Assurance Group, Inc., a cyber company that helps business safeguard against data breaches.
So, if you're one of the more than 150 million users of the MyFitnessPal app or website, it's time to change your password.
Bowdle says if you use that same password for other sites you use, change that too.
"What people don't understand is that there are sophisticated programs that cybercriminals deploy and use that allow them, that once they have a valid username and password, they attempt brute force attacks, actually scan other applications to see if they can match the credentials and get into other systems."
Also, if you think the date stolen in a tracking app isn't important -- think again.
Your name, address, diet information or steps you take can be used to make 'phishing' more convincing.
"They can then pretend to be a friend that you're going running with or have you download a schedule to a marathon and then that actually puts malware on your system," Bowdle said.
Bowdle says even with what seem to be simple information, can be used to convince you to drop your guard. The phishing possibilities are endless he said.
So, before you input any data into an app or website - Bowdle says remember this:
When you're sharing information with these applications and inputting your data, realize that at some point in time the system may be compromised. So think to yourself would I want everyone in the world to know this information.