TeamViewer is one of many platforms that make remote working and control a reality. It belongs to the category of video phone service along with the likes of Zoom.
Anything that uses connectivity is vulnerable to being breached. This article will guide you on how to protect yourself when using TeamViewer.
TeamViewer capabilities and vulnerabilities
In TeamViewer, you can do the following:
- Remote Control and Management – this feature allows you to control your desktop or laptop from a remote location. You can connect your mobile with your PC and control it from there (mobile).
- Meetings – on the platform, you can organize a presentation meeting, video conference or audio call.
- File transfer – TeamViewer allows its users to share files.
With all this capability and its dependence on Internet connectivity, your device is likely to be compromised by bad guys.
If you are not protected while using TeamViewer, the following can happen:
- A person can gain access to your PC which you control remotely. This hack can open it up to your passwords and credit / debit card information.
- Without authority, someone can join your meeting (presentation, video or conference call) and select information not meant for them. This is made possible by the file transfer capabilities TeamViewer says its users have.
Self-protection in TeamViewer
Here are some ways to protect yourself:
- Works with some of TeamViewer’s basic and advanced options
- Check the security of your connection
- Timely exit from TeamViewer
Works with some of TeamViewer’s basic and advanced options
Before you explore the security measures in this section, you’ll need to sign up for TeamViewer and get a free account. When done, go in there.
- From your PC, launch TeamViewer.
- On the ‘home’ screen, click on the ‘Extras’ tab. On the menu that opens, click on ‘Options’. The box that appears will now be the base of your security operations. Security measures that you can take are like:
- Change your password – click the ‘Settings’ button on the left side. On the right, you will see an input box to enter and repeat a new password. This is for unattended access.
- Control file transfers in the meeting – click the ‘Meeting’ button and under ‘Participant interaction’ select ‘Custom settings’ then ‘Configure’. In the box that appears, set the ‘Allow file transfers’ option from ‘Allow’ to ‘Allow manually’. This will help you to authorize any file transfers before they take place.
- Manage two-factor authentication – Before you enable this, you need to make sure that you have downloaded an authenticating app such as Authy and Duo Mobile on your Android or iOS device. Then, click on the ‘Computers and Contacts’ button. On the right side, you will see a blue hyperlink labeled ‘Manage two-factor authentication’. You will be directed to a web page in your browser. When it opens, click ‘Activate’ and follow along.
For more security options, click the ‘Advanced’ tab and explore ways to protect yourself.
Check the security of your connection
If you are connected to a public network such as a park Wi-Fi, it becomes unsafe for you. On public networks, your TeamViewer information can be selected such as your remote control ID and password. This can cause a major breach of your privacy.
Timely exit from TeamViewer
It’s safe to run TeamViewer only while you’re using it. Otherwise, exit the app and make it harder for hackers to gain official access. They are always waiting for you to make that mistake.