scraping it out of Instagram. While this seems to have been publicly available data – and that users willingly added to Instagram – it should make you wonder about the wisdom of having so much of your private information potentially available for the taking.
The database was found on servers hosted by Amazon Web Services – unlocked and unencrypted. AWS in this case works just like a rental storage locker – pay your money and the locker is yours to store your stuff. However, in this case the lock was not included in the deal and Chtrbox simply forgot or did not bother to use a lock. In addition, the server held details of other people (like you), not the company secret plans for market domination. Just remember, your data – whether stored online by yourself or some other company — is only as secure as the lock used.
Even if you use long, customized, individual passwords for all of your accounts — your data can still leak out into the public sphere. Yes, you are only as secure as the people gathering up and compiling your private data decide to be. Your job is to control and limit the amount of data they can collect whenever possible by using a VPN, password manager, and ad blocker.