By Joe Levi | January 20, 2011 11:38 AM
Trapster is a cross-platform app that essentially turns your smartphone into a radar detector — without detecting any radar. Instead, the app uses crowd-sourced information to record where others using the app have seen speed traps, red-light cameras, and speed cameras, then alerts others when they approach those locations. What’s more, since the app doesn’t detect laser or radar signals, it shouldn’t be illegal to use in locales that have outlawed detectors.
The down-side? You’ve got to register with their service to use it — after all, that’s how they get new information. Since most people use the same username and password for everything (which is bad), when any site that you’re on gets hacked, the bad guys have the keys to every site that you’re on.
That’s what’s happened with Trapster according to an email send by the company:
Dear Trapster User:
The Trapster team has recently learned that our website has been the target of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised. We have taken, and continue to take, preventative measures to avoid future incidents but we are recommending that you change your Trapster password. As always, Trapster recommends that you use distinctive passwords for each site you visit, but if you use the same password on Trapster that you use on other services, we recommend that you change your password on those services as well.
For information on how to reset your password or improve the security of your passwords for your Internet usage, please click FAQs.
The Trapster Team
Time to change all your passwords again.