Sunday, August 22, 2010

Be more secure using Logmein

This is for my friend Richard. I have been using Logmein now for as long as I remember since Logmein has been around, and I have used it with an extra security setting that emails me a random security code that I have to either cut and paste, or type in in order for it to let me proceed.

The reason I did this, is because I have it installed on family member's computers, and I never wanted to have anyone hack it.

Here is the way it works:

1. You log into Logmein like you normally would with your user name and password.
2. Instead of proceeding, you are prompted with a screen to put in another security code.
3. This code has been emailed to you to your email account.
4. You enter the code.
5. You now can proceed to see the list of computers that you can control.
6. Of course, your pc's should all have a username and password also.

Steps 3 and 4 are the extra steps.

To set this up:

1. Log in to Logmein.
2. Go into your Account.
3. Go to the Security tab.
4. Select to have one time security code sent to designated email address once.

See the following screen shots:

The suggested tip is to use an email address that is accessible through the internet, or maybe have it email it to your cell phone.

Another point is that the code is time sensitive, so if you don't use it right away it will time out and you will have to try again.

There are other options on that security page, including having a set of codes you can print out and use, but I like the one shot time sensitive option. It adds another layer that might seem cumbersome or bothersome, but the security that it adds I think pretty much makes it pretty air tight in my opinion.


1 comment:

Anthony said...

LogMeIn's connection process is similar to another remote access product- Techinline ( The thing I like about Techinline is that a connection is always initiated by the remote client, which eliminates any threat of undesired access on the client's end