If hackers target a secure website to steal a gazillion passwords, there’s really nothing you can do to protect your password. Your best bet is to render that stolen information useless by switching to a new password immediately. Of course, you can only do that if you know about the breach.
The free LogDog (for Android) app monitors your secure accounts and notifies you immediately of any events that suggest tampering.
In-app purchases let you protect multiple accounts at the same website, or add credit card monitoring.
LogDog monitors Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo; Twitter support is new since I tested the service last year.
The company tells me that Support for Instagram and LinkedIn is in the works. LogDog (for iPhone) doesn’t yet have all the features of the Android edition.
I’ll review it separately when it’s fully up to speed.
Note that while you must use a mobile device to receive notifications from LogDog, it tracks access from any kind of device.
A suspicious login attempt is suspicious whether it comes from Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, or even Linux.
Easy SetupGetting started with LogDog is a simple matter of downloading and running the app. You don’t have to create an account. LogDog doesn’t save any of your data online.
The program, along with all of its data, remains on your device.
To extend LogDog’s protection to one of the supported sites, you log in to that site from within LogDog.
This lets LogDog perform an initial scan of the account, and also lets it track when and how that account is used.
The login screen includes a reminder that LogDog doesn’t retain your credentials. Hey, this is a privacy tool, so that’s reassuring!
Each time you add a secure site, LogDog displays a screen that lets you share your experience with friends via LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, WhatsApp, or email.
If three friends sign up based on your referral, you get a t-shirt; seven referrals earns an entry in a drawing to win a smartphone.
At the free level, you can protect exactly one of each account type, which may well be plenty.
If you need more, you can sign up for Accounts+, which costs $1.99 per month or $19.90 per year.
That’s it. You now go about your usual routine, logging in to accounts as needed, from whatever device and network you normally use. LogDog lies doggo, gradually developing a profile of what’s normal.
After a week it ends this learning mode, ready to alert you if it detects any account activity that deviates from the norm.
CardProtectorNew since the last time I looked at LogDog, the CardProtector feature aims to alert you if any of your credit cards have shown up for sale on Dark Web commerce sites.
Adding this feature is an in-app purchase of $3.99 per month or $39.90 per year.
Interestingly, the app does not ask you to supply any particular credit card numbers.
Its scan is wholly based on your full name and location.
The scan takes place automatically, once per day, or you can launch it manually.
When I ran the scan, it reported about 2.2 million stolen card numbers on record, roughly 1.6 million of them in the U.S. None of them were mine, thankfully.
This feature works best if you have an uncommon name, like my own.
If other people in your zip code share your name, you might well encounter false positives.
Sorry, John Smith!
LogDog AlertsI put LogDog to the test by logging in to my Gmail account using the Tor Browser, which made my login seem to be taking place in Canada. LogDog immediately displayed a notification of suspicious activity.
When I tapped for details, it displayed an explanation and offered two simple buttons, one to dismiss the alert because it really was me, and another to continue investigating.
If your own activity really did trigger the alarm, perhaps because you logged in using a friend’s computer, you just tap the first button.
For testing, I tapped the second button, which brought up another set of choices.
I got a second chance to dismiss the alert as my own activity.
I could choose to ignore this warning but still get an alert if it happened again. Or I could choose to change my Google password from within LogDog.
Easy as pie!
Changing your password locks the intruder out, but there’s more you should do to protect your privacy.
The LogDog website is absolutely loaded with advice. Right from the main menu, you can access detailed advice for how to deal with a hacked account on Dropbox, Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo, or Twitter.
In each case, the advice page recommends running LogDog’s Inbox Detective to clear exposed private data from your email Inbox—more about Inbox Detective shortly.
Each page continues with useful instructions for recovering from a breach on that particular service.
But wait! There’s more! Paging through the site’s blog (called BlogDog), I found posts about recovering from hacked accounts on many other sites.
These include eBay, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, and more.
And, I’ll admit it, I tried the Game of Thrones themed hacking awareness quiz.
I am Drogon!
Inbox DetectiveThere’s always the possibility that hackers will get a chance to rifle through your email before you manage to change the password. You can help protect your privacy by making sure you don’t have too-sensitive information lying around exposed in your Inbox.
That’s where Inbox Detective comes in.
Inbox Detective searches your email inbox for credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, bank accounts, and malicious links.
It’s somewhat similar to the PII (Personally Identifiable Information) search performed by Identity Finder’s Data Discover 7.5, but at a much simpler level.
At present it supports Gmail, Hotmail, and Outlook online.
Support for finding sensitive information on Evernote, Twitter, Drop box, and Facebook is in the works.
A link in LogDog takes you to the Inbox Detective online, but this feature is also available separately, at https://detective.getlogdog.com.
At the time of this writing, the site states that Inbox Detective is free, for a limited time. You log in with your email credentials, which gives the app permission to read and analyze your account.
It scans up to 10,000 recent messages and comes up with a report.
For each possibly problematic email, the report offers two buttons. One opens the full message in your webmail client, so you can review and perhaps delete it.
The other automatically notifies the sender about the problem.
In testing, I found that the Open button correctly opened the message from Chrome on Windows, but on the Android tablet it just opened the Gmail Inbox.
When I ran it on my personal Gmail account, it gave me a “detective score” of 10 percent, along with a note stating that the average user’s score is 85 percent. However, when I dug a bit deeper I determined that my real score should have been better.
The app found 12 credit card numbers in my Inbox, or rather, it found 12 number that were 16 digits long.
In truth, not one of them was actually a credit card number.
Two of them involved communications from my auto insurance, containing my 16-digit account number.
The rest were reminders from the local library telling me which books would soon be due, with a 16-digit bar code number for each book.
The report correctly revealed three passwords sent in plain text via email.
Fortunately they were for accounts from long ago.
It found what it thought were two SSNs, but were actually just my accountant explaining that I should enter the SSN in the format 111-22-3333.
And it warned me about the recently-revealed MySpace breach.
I permanently deleted all of the offending messages. Or rather, I tried to.
The report showed one message with no date or subject, and clicking the Open button had no effect.
Still, I managed to reach a score of 95 percent.
This is a nice feature, but it could use some fine-tuning.
I’d like to see LogDog run apparent credit card numbers through the available validation algorithms.
Also, I’d love to be able to click away erroneously flagged items.
But I’ll bet that once these things happen, the service won’t be free anymore.
Use for Free, Not for FeeAnyone who uses one of the six popular sites tracked by LogDog can benefit from installing this free service. You’ll know right away of any abnormal account activity, and it’s a snap to change a compromised password or dismiss a false alarm.
In addition, the handy Inbox Detective helps you clear out exposed credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal data from your Inbox.
I’m not sure I’d pay extra to track two accounts at the same service. Maybe just install the app on a second Android device? And nearly $40 per year to check a database of stolen credit cards seems a little high to me.
But the free app is dandy.
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