Following the recent breach, the company is now recommending that users update their apps.
Spotify has come out with a mobile security strategy for individuals using Android devices and who use its popular music service, by requiring them to install new software to help to protect them against potential damage from a recent breach.
So far, the cyberattack appears to have affected only one user account, according to the company.
The initial disclosure of the mobile security breach at Spotify was made by the company’s chief technology officer, Oskar Stal. He expressed that the event did not involve the theft of financial information or passwords. The actual attack proved to be more of a wakeup call for the company than an actual invasion that caused damage to users – as has been seen in a growing number of other online services, recently.
The mobile security steps being taken by Spotify are to ensure that the problem will not repeat itself.
The service boasts over 40 million users, many of which access Spotify by way of Android devices. This is not all that surprising as it is the most popular operating system in the world. While those users will now need to update their mobile apps, those who access the service by way of iPhones, iPads and Windows based devices do not need to take that same step.
That said, some users, regardless of their operating systems, will be asked to re-enter their passwords in order to be able to log into the service. Moreover, among Android device users, once they have followed the prompt and have upgraded their own Spotify apps, they will have one more challenge to face. All of the offline playlists that they have previously saved will need to be re-downloaded.
As was mentioned, this is only the most recent in a number of different breaches experienced by large and popular companies. Last week, eBay made an announcement to all of its users that its own database had been hacked, encouraging all of its users to change their passwords. That attack was far worse than the mobile security issue faced by Spotify. Moreover, Target’s database was also hacked, handing thieves 40 million debit and credit card numbers from the retailer’s shoppers.