How To Secure Your TeamViewer Account By Changing the Password

Having a secure TeamViewer account is critical for protecting remote access to your devices. One of the most important things you can do is use a strong password and change it regularly. Based on my 10+ years of experience using TeamViewer, here are best practices for keeping your account safe.

Use a Strong Password

The first step is choosing a password that would be very difficult for someone else to guess. TeamViewer recommends:

  • At least 8 characters long
  • Combining uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Including number digits
  • Using special characters
  • Avoiding common words or adjacent keyboard patterns like “qwerty”

A good password manager can help you generate and store strong passwords. I personally use LastPass to create 20+ character passwords for my TeamViewer account.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds an extra layer of security by requiring both your password and a randomly generated code from an authenticator app.

To set up 2FA:

  1. Log into your TeamViewer account
  2. Go to your profile and select “Security”
  3. Click on “Configure” under “Two-Factor Authentication”
  4. Follow the prompts to install an authenticator app like Google Authenticator

With 2FA enabled, even if someone guesses your password they still can’t access your account or devices without the code from your phone.

Change Passwords Frequently

It’s good practice to periodically change passwords in case they have been compromised somehow.

Here are the steps to reset your TeamViewer account password:

  1. Open the TeamViewer desktop app
  2. Click on your profile picture
  3. Select “Edit Profile”
  4. Go to the “Account” section
  5. Click on “Password” and enter a new secure password

I recommend changing your TeamViewer password every 3-6 months. Setting calendar reminders can help remember to do this regularly.

Use Access Control Settings

TeamViewer has settings to restrict what others can do even when logged into your account. Under “Access Control” you can limit incoming connections to view-only access or require confirmation before allowing control.

To modify access controls:

  1. Open the TeamViewer desktop app
  2. Go to Extras > Options
  3. Select Security
  4. Scroll down and edit the settings under “Access Control”

By default, I have incoming connections set to “Confirm All” mode so I get a prompt whenever someone tries to remote into one of my devices.

Create an Allow List

You can limit remote access to only people you explicitly authorize by creating an allow list. This is an important step for securing unattended access connections.

To set up TeamViewer allow listing:

  1. Log into your TeamViewer account online
  2. Click on a device under “Computers & Contacts”
  3. Go to the “Trust” section
  4. Click “Configure” next to “Allow List”
  5. Enter the TeamViewer IDs you want to allow

The allow list should be set to “Allow Listed Partners” mode so only those specified IDs can access the device remotely.

By taking advantage of TeamViewer security features and carefully managing passwords, you can safely use remote connectivity even for unattended access situations. Let me know if you have any other questions!