After more than 500,000 downloads by Android users looking to protect their social accounts, LogDog is finally available for Apple users
Tel Aviv-based account security watchdogs LogDog announced this week that they have expanded their services to iOS following the success of their app on Google’s Android OS.
LogDog focuses on protecting accounts that sit on the cloud, including services like Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, and Evernote. Their Android app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.
The technology behind LogDog works by learning user behavior and analyzing which logins make sense and which are likely hacking attempts.
“The tech of the app is based on user behavior pattern analysis,” says CMO Omri Toppol. “We take seven days to learn your ‘normal account activity’ in which we collect all sorts of indicators like OS, devices, ISP, time of day, location, rate of emails/posts and many more. When an unusual activity is detected, we simply issue an alert. The fact that we look at the user’s entire set of accounts [means] we can detect anomalies that each online provider can’t do on its own.”
Toppol tells Geektime that they can detect if VPN access is being used, a factor that can throw up red flags from false alerts and confuse their system, since part of their algorithm relies on tracking the user’s IP. He says that they tell people who are regular VPN users that it can lower the protections provided by their service, but he says that it is not a common issue with most folks. Toppol advises telling them if you are a regular VPN user, and they will stop sending alerts.
New features join the iOS launch
Co-founded in 2013 by CEO Uri Brison and CTO Shlomi, they raised a $1 million seed 2014, which was followed by a $3.5 million Series A back in July of last year. Since then, they have grown from a team of four to twelve.
They have also added new features including alerts for cases where your account is accessed via a TOR browser (which can be muted if you regularly use TOR); built an IP blacklist from servers known to be used by hackers; and now offer alerts when they recognize that a user is logged in from more than one location simultaneously, even if these are two places like your home and office that would normally be ok.
With the Android version having been out for some time now, Toppol tells Geektime that they took their time in developing the app for iOS.
“We were working hard to get the product to a market fit, learning how users react to alerts, how to engage and retain users over time by providing the best value we can,” he says, adding that, ”We have rewritten the core of the app, with guidance from Apple, in order to allow the app to update it’s alerting and monitoring algorithm in real-time making it possible for us to alerts as soon as we find an anomaly.
Just with the Android app, Apple users will also have free access to the service.
So while the service will remain free for social accounts, Toppol tells Geektime that there are plans to offer premium features with added protections further down the road.
Services like LogDog’s account monitoring are all a part of building a more secure ecosystem. In the sisyphean task of trying to keep your data safe, it is important to use more than one security measure, bringing together a range of solutions.
While accounts like Google and Facebook have gotten pretty decent at figuring out where you are and if it makes sense that your account is being accessed from a new location, LogDog takes this protection to another level, doing what they know best to take multiple factors into determining if access is legitimate.
Preventing breaches is exceedingly difficult if not impossible, so in many cases, an alert that someone may be poking around for ways to break in can be a very valuable asset. So while far from perfect, Two-step verification – a feature included in LogDog – can go a long way to help keep prying eyes out of your account, even if your password is compromised.
With so much of our personal and professional lives floating around in the cloud, we can all do with a little more protection.