TeamViewer Beefs up Account Security After Rash of PC, Mac Hijacks (The Register)


TeamViewer is whacking anti-hacker protections into its remote-desktop tool – as its customers continue to report having their PCs and Macs remotely hijacked by criminals.

Two new security checks in TeamViewer will warn users when a new device or location attempts to log into their TeamViewer account and remotely manage any computers connected to it, and will raise an alert if suspicious activity is detected.

This exact behavior has been reported in surprising numbers by folks throughout the past two weeks: TeamViewer users complain that miscreants on the other side of the internet have broken into their desktops, and seized victims’ web browsers to empty online bank accounts and place internet orders. In some cases, people have lost thousands of dollars as crooks exploited passwords saved in browsers.