4 Lessons Learned From The Recent TeamViewer Hack

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Internet has made a great revolution in our lives from both professional and personal viewpoint. Today, we can talk to friends and business partners who are half a world away with no trouble and even run a company from a mobile device. However, no matter how convenient, this kind of remote aspect has its flaws.
The best example of this is the recent hack of the TeamViewer that caused a havoc in the digital world.
As one of the greatest names in the industry, TeamViewer had almost billion installations, so it isn’t that hard to figure out how big of a controversy this event caused. Luckily, this issue has left us with some lessons hard learned.

1. The Financial Danger of Hack

The first thing we have learned from this ordeal is just how dangerous the invasion of one’s privacy can be. Nonetheless, apart from all the private messages, pictures and correspondences, even one’s financial well being is in danger when a hack occurs. Over 20 million devices were connected to TeamViewer at all times and some of them even had their Amazon and PayPal accounts compromised. By the time the rightful owners realized what happened, all sorts of ransomeware were already installed on their computer. As you can see, your computer getting hacked is more than a mild inconvenience.

2. Convenient is Not Always Better

Whenever you type in a password on your browser, it will offer to memorize it for you. Seeing how this can help you save an incredible amount of time, you would probably think, why not. Well, there actually is a reason why not to do so. One of the easiest ways for hackers to figure out your password is not to have to figure it out at all. They can just log in on your computer and the browser will do all the work for them. The absolutely worst thing they could get their hands on is actually your email since through it, they can request passwords for a plethora of other accounts by pretending they are you and that they simply forgot them.

3. Be Creative and Unique

Don’t be lazy! A lot of people use things as obvious as their pet’s name or their date of birth as their password. Then, in order not to forget all the passwords, they use the same one for every single account out there. This just makes it easier for the hackers since now they only need to retrieve or figure out a single password instead of several. To prevent this, don’t repeat yourself and try to make your password as strong as possible. Use capital letters, digits and special characters in your passes. In order not to forget it, save it on a piece of paper and not on your computer or email inbox.

4. Go with Alternative

Finally, when your safety is concerned, you mustn’t be sentimental. So what if you grew accustomed to TeamViewer? You paid them to do one job and they failed at it. Sure, accidents happen, but you don’t owe any loyalty to this software, at least not anymore. To be fair, they have made many improvements since the incident, but trust once lost is hard to regain. If you feel the same way, it might be for the best that you choose the alternative. Going for a different remote support network like Securelink seems like a sensible idea. The choice, however, is all yours.


Even the best security system in the world won’t be able to protect you if you don’t take the safety precautions on your own. This is why, you need to be suspicious towards the safety of everything you do online and make your password the way it is supposed to be- both the first and the last line of your data’s defense. Feeling safe is absolutely the worst thing that could happen to you security-wise, and you should always assume that everything out there wants to trick you. This way, both you and your access device will be much safer.


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