News about internet security breaches are more and more popular: more than 65 million Tumblr passwords were leaked by hackers, over 427 million Myspace accounts were stolen by hackers and are now on sale for $2,800, while the source-code for an unknown zero-day vulnerability that allegedly affects all Windows versions is currently being offered up for $90,000.
Despite this wave of cyber-security threats, many users still obstinately refuse to upgrade to supported Windows versions and continue to run Windows XP, turning themselves into sitting ducks for hackers.
Maybe the latest security breach scandal involving TeamViewer will open their eyes. A huge number of users complained their TeamViewer accounts had been hacked, many of them reporting that money wasn extracted from their bank accounts, as one user confirms on Reddit:
On Friday I went to go get food from my kitchen and then I went to put something away in my room and when I came back PayPal was open and someone was trying to login so I went to go quit teamviewer and they panicked and quit the session.
On the other hand, TeamViewer says everything is under control and no hacking actions have been detected. Moreover, the company actually blames users for getting their bank accounts maxed out because they use the exact same password for a variety of websites and apps.
We are appalled by the behaviour of cyber criminals, and are disgusted by their actions towards TeamViewer users. They have taken advantage of common use of the same account information across multiple services to cause damage.
Despite denying its service being hacked, TeamViewer actually enhanced security measures following these events. The company introduced a Trusted Devices feature that ensures the integrity of TeamViewer account. The second security feature concerns commonly used passwords. The system analyzes if your TeamViewer account shows unusual behavior, such as somebody trying to access it from a new location. If the system concludes that your account has been compromised, your TeamViewer account will be marked for an enforced password reset. You will receive an email with instructions to reset your password.
We advise you to also use the following security measures in order to add an extra layer of protection:
- Use the Limited Periodic Scanning feature in Windows 10
- Use the Hacked? app to keep your email account safe
- Uninstall QuickTime ASAP
- If you’re still running Windows XP, do upgrade to a supported Windows version .