If you have a LogMeIn account, this is for you

As part of my ongoing efforts to keep everyone safe and secure, I want to alert you to an increase I’ve noticed in the past week or two. LogMeIn users have been seeing an increase in notification emails from LogMeIn that their accounts have failed login attempts. These are usually from another country when this happens, and when it only happens once or twice over the course of years, it’s not a big issue. However, I have seen a marked increase in the number of cases where these attempts are made either multiple times in one day, or several times over the course of a month or two. In both cases, this is more concerning and points to deliberate attempts from hackers to gain acccess to that specific account.

What are the implications of these emails? It means that, if you have active computers still used within LogMeIn, you risk having those computers at the mercy of this hacker should they successfully gain access. NOTE: You will not necessarily see an email from LogMeIn that a login succeeded.

I recommend that, if you are an active user of LogMeIn, to turn on 2-factor authentication for your account. Here’s a link from LogMeIn on how to do this: https://www.turnon2fa.com/tutorials/how-to-turn-on-2fa-for-logmein/ NOTE: I recommend you turn on mobile texting of the one-time codes rather than use an app to minimize your risk of permanently losing access to your account in the event you lose your phone.

If you already have this turned on, you don’t need to do anything more. If you don’t use LogMeIn but have an account with them, either turn 2-factor authentication on or ensure that there are no computers in that account that can be accessed any longer.

If you are curious or confused about any parts of this, please feel free to email me with questions. Stay safe out there!

P.S. – if you’d like to learn more about 2FA in general, check out this article from Pixel Privacy: https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/two-factor-authentication/

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