Why Is Everyone Talking About MyFitnessPal?

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A major hack impacting over 100 million consumers.

Over 100 million user accounts were affected in a recent security breach involving private information for the platform MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal features food and nutritious data and allows users to post their meals to get a count of various health metrics such as carbohydrates, protein, calories, etc. Many personal trainers and nutritionists advise the use of MyFitnessPal, so that their clients can quickly track their macro nutrients, such as protein, fat, carbohydrates and alcohol. The breach appears to have compromised significant user information.

This breach highlights a problem with so-called industry experts, like personal trainers and nutritionists, who advise their clients to use applications without a fundamental understanding of security.