A recent data leak on a popular fitness App is a good reminder to cell phone owners to make sure they keep their information secure.
As many as 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts were affected by a recent breach by hackers.
"A lot of people just use the App for counting calories or stuff like that and they don't really have a lot of information in there other than your calorie intake for the day or your weight," noted John Shoff, who owns Reality Bytes in Drumheller. "If you've gone in and filled out your profile information you could potentially have a lot of data stored in there."
Under Armour, which owns MyFitnessPal, says only peoples' usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords were exposed. It says payment card data was not affected because it is collected and processed separately.
"Under Armour wanted to get the word out to people to change your passwords right away," pointed out Shoff. "If the password has been compromised, then down the road these people could essentially do nothing today, but if you don't change your password they could go in six months from now and do something to your account."
"You want to have a different password for every single thing that you use, every App, every website," added Shoff. "That way, when a breach like this happens, the hackers can't take that password and go crazy accessing all your account information at other sites."