Fitness trackers are a great tool for anyone who's serious about exercise, but the wearable devices often contain personal information that cyber criminals are eager to access.
Your device, or your fitness app, could contain information about your daily travel, sleep habits and other routines you wouldn't necessarily want to share with strangers.
Here are three easy tips to help you protect your private info.
1. Don’t reuse passwords.
Can't remember more than a handful of passwords you use daily? Rather than reuse passwords over and over, try a password manager that creates auto-generated passwords for you. Reusing passwords — or using similar passwords across multiple websites and devices — could leave you vulnerable to an attack. One breach could potentially make every account you use vulnerable to hackers.
2. Don’t click on links in emails.
It's so easy and time-saving to click on links in emails, but even that simple act could put you at risk. If a company needs to reset your password, call the company directly to assure the link and email you received are authentic. And, be cautious — any telephone number included in that suspicious email could be a fake. Find the company's official telephone number online.
3. Read the fine print.
While terms of service and privacy policies are not always written clearly, it's important for users to take a moment and understand what companies can do with your data. It's up to you to decide what information you're comfortable sharing.
Keep in mind that Fitbits and many other fitness trackers have privacy settings that allow you to choose who can access your information. Opt for the "private" rather than "public" option to keep your personal info secure.
Fitbit says it only tracks users when it records exercise activity. Fitbit told NBC News: “Users have the option to turn GPS on or off only when starting a specific activity, such as running or biking, and GPS on our devices does not run in the background.”
It's also worth noting that in their current collection the Fitbit Ionic is the only fitness tracker with a built-in GPS.