LogMeIn: Ready for Windows 10

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Though some folks out there may have only migrated off of Windows XP just over a year ago, and 2020 (end of life for Windows 7) may feel like a lifetime away, others are already in migration mode for today’s widely anticipated release of Windows 10.

For those most eager to get Windows 10 into their environments, LogMeIn Central and Pro are ready to handle the new OS, all while maintaining a consistent experience to ease the migration for your business.  While running Windows 10, you can use LogMeIn for all of the remote access needs you count on every day including connectivity, support, and automation. There are no updates required.

For more information on Windows 10, please visit the Microsoft website.

         

How to grow your restaurant business with digital signage

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There is no denying that digital menus are on the rise in fast casual and quick service restaurants. In fact, the use of digital signage in these locations is moving from a luxury to a necessity. The freedom and opportunity that digital signage offers to restaurants is critical to a healthy, growing business. In a new eBook, we’ve put together 6 ways the use of digital signs can help grow your restaurant business. Check out 3 of these tips now:

  1. Quick content updates – Quickly change content to reflect menu changes (especially for restaurants that move from breakfast to lunch to dinner menus), add nutritional info, and even comply with healthcare laws. Wendy’s recently declared that ‘content is king’ when it comes to digital menu boards – fresh, relevant, interactive content is the key to keeping your customers engaged.
  1. Remote management – Less time and resources required to maintain and update your menu boards with software that allows you to manage from anywhere that has an Internet connection. With digital menu boards, you’ll no longer need to send technicians out every time a problem arises because you can simply troubleshoot from where you are. Platforms like LogMeIn Central delivers powerful remote access that allows you to manage and maintain all of your digital signs through safe, secure connections.
  1. Reduced costs – The integration of digital menu boards into your restaurant can immediately reduce the cost of producing printed menus and dramatically simplify making price changes and updating food items including the employee labor it takes to execute those tasks. With digital screens, you install the hardware once, and remote management software allows you to control menu boards for all of your restaurants from your location.

Digital signage has become a critical piece of owning and running a fast casual or quick service restaurant. From the ease of operating and consistency in message to the reduced costs and increase in sales, the adoption of digital menu boards is inevitable in the industry. By using digital menu boards, restaurants can focus more on quality menu items and customer support, rather than logistical issues associated with traditional signage.

Check out the complete eBook for all 6 tips on how to scale your restaurant’s growth with the use of digital menu boards.

         

Promote Employee Awareness During Internet Safety Month

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June is Internet Safety Month, as designated by the US Congress with support from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). While Congress started this initiative in 2005 with a focus on Internet safety among children and teens, the goal broadened to promote awareness among all ages of Internet users. Today the NCSA declares safe online business practices as one its 4 key pillars.

At most small businesses, Internet safety starts and ends with employees. From email to Internet browsing to password practices, informed employee behavior is the best way to protect your business from unwanted problems. In honor of Internet Safety Month we pulled together 4 core tips to keep your employees informed:

1. Build Internet safety guidelines – The first step for a small business is to have an opinion on what is safe and what’s not, and make it known throughout the company. Put these rules and regulations into a document that you share with employees on their first day of work and post it where it can be found at any time.

2. Promote good password practices – More than 30% of adults have over 10 passwords to remember.  Whether or not you use a password manager, your employees hold the key to a great deal of valuable company data, and you want it to be safe from hackers. Require employees to change their password every 30, 60 or 90 days, and give them guidance to create strong passwords with tips such as:

  1. Don’t use obvious names, dates or numbers like your birthday, anniversary or hometown
  2. Include both upper and lowercase numbers
  3. Include symbols and characters
  4. Use at least 8 characters

3. Create awareness of email fraud – Prepare employees to look for potential phishing attempts that are designed to steal personal and valuable information. Safeguard your company by understanding the key signs of a fraudulent email and communicating them to employees. Have employees ask the 5 questions below if they suspect a phishing attempt. If they can answer ‘yes’ to one or more, the email might be suspicious.

Does the email in question…

    1. Want you to verify account information beyond email address?
    2. Ask for your password?
    3. Contain personal information like social security number or age?
    4. Include links or required attachments?
    5. Ask for financial information?

Also look for a message from the company to offer validity to the email. For example, LogMeIn adds this notice to the footer of every email it sends:
Important Security Notice: LogMeIn never asks for your password or other sensitive information by email. Do not click links or respond to a suspicious email! For details, visit blog.logmein.com/products/avoiding-phishing-attacks.

4.  Encourage two-factor authentication – As the use of cloud apps in SMBs continues to rise and more employees are introducing their own apps to get work done, it’s important for SMBs to stay in control of their data. Encourage employees to use a two-factor authentication app that adds an extra layer of security to valuable company information. Many two-factor options, including the LogMeIn Authenticator App, allow you to enforce this practice company-wide if desired. 2factorauth

These four tips are just a start to safe, secure Internet practices for your business. Learn more about how to protect your business at the NCSA site. Happy Internet Safety Month!

         

NEW CENTRAL HOST PREFERENCE PACKAGE OPTION

LogMeIn Central is excited to introduce an update to our Host Preference Package settings.  This settings option, which provides additional value to IT professionals, hides the LogMeIn Client making it invisible to end-users.  Once in place, host deployment becomes even more seamless, providing instant connectivity and support with limited visibility of the LogMeIn product.

Once an administrator chooses this setting, the LogMeIn Client is hidden from end-users in the Start Menu, desktop, and system tray. Administrators have two options: they can apply this setting to existing hosts through host preference package or to new installations through deployment configuration.

This settings option is available with Central Plus and Central Premier. You can find it, live now, in the Configuration menu under the ‘Appearance’ category.

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LogMeIn Central Introduces Ad Hoc Support!

The LogMeIn Central team has been hard at work building a brand new feature, exclusive to Central Premier, to improve our customer’s IT support experience. Ad Hoc Support is a fast and reliable way to provide support to machines that do not currently have LogMeIn software installed.

With that said, we’re excited to introduce the new Ad Hoc Support feature which includes:

  • Powerful remote support for machines outside your day-to-day list
  • One-time deployment with File transfer, Background Access, and Reboot
  • A simple and intuitive end-user interaction to resolve issues quickly

 “The new Ad Hoc Support feature fulfills an important need in this fast paced, ever-developing field. With Ad Hoc Support we know that we can address end user problems quickly.  Deployment is super-simple and allows for an instant desktop connection once we get a request.  Combined with all the other great features of LogMeIn Central, Ad Hoc Support really completes LogMeIn’s remote support software package.” Bruce Sellnow, OTP3 – MIS/IT, GMI McDonald’s Office

The Ad Hoc Support option can be found on the left-hand navigation menu.

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Want to see it in action? Check out our walk-through for admins below.

To see the end-user experience, click here.

         

[CASE STUDY] LOGMEIN CENTRAL EASES CONTROL AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT FOR AUTOMATED RETAIL VENDOR

ZoomSystems is on the forefront of automated self-service retail.  Working with brands such as Best Buy, Proactive, Benefit, Amazon, Essie and Nespresso, their self-service kiosks provide the convenience of online shopping with the immediacy of traditional retail.

With a growing number of kiosks located in airports, malls, and retailers, the ability to connect, support, and control all of them seamlessly was becoming a true challenge.  Visibility into customer purchases and performing machine maintenance was a very intensive software engineering process, they needed to streamline and address.Central_CaseStudy_ZoomSystems

“Managing over 1,500 kiosks was becoming unwieldy and overwhelming. We needed a tool to provide visibility, troubleshoot customer issues, and provide security and control. Streamlining our processes was our driver for LogMeIn, I can’t imagine life without it.” — Christopher Chambers, Network Operations Manager, ZoomSystems

With LogMeIn Central, ZoomSystems deploys the software across all of their kiosks for instant and reliable remote connectivity.  Their technicians have the ability to push updates and perform routine maintenance with ease.  Further, features like User Management limit access and provide control and Windows Updates and Anti-Virus Management aid in PCI compliance.

With the help of LogMeIn Central, ZoomSystems has increased flexibility to support kiosks across the globe, limited onsite visits, all while maintaining security and control their scaling business requires.

Click here to view the complete case study about ZoomSystems or check out the Slide Share below.

         

LogMeIn Introduces New Security Features

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Well configured remote access solutions, like LogMeIn, increase productivity with no adverse impact on network security.  As we continue to advance our security features, we are committed to ensuring the ease-of-use for users combined with components that promote secure, safe, and wise use of our products.

According to recent research[1], security concerns are the number one roadblock for businesses moving to the cloud.  Taking the appropriate steps to secure your business is often simple –but 55% of businesses do not require two-step verification to ensure that extra layer of security and authentication[2].  Further, over half of businesses rely on either in-app prompts to direct users on updates and password strength or rely on employees to establish password strength and change passwords on their own[3].

With this in mind, we are excited to announce several new advancements to our Login Policy features that add additional security to prevent unauthorized access to your LogMeIn account and offer several verification options for end-users to gain instant access so that they are better equipped to be productive from anywhere. This is particularly important for those companies in regulated industries that require HIPAA and PCI compliance.[4]

What’s new with Login Policy?

Password Strength
Two new options are available for Password strength: ‘Standard’ and ‘Strong’.  Applying a “Strong” password policy will force users to create a robust, secure password meeting the following requirements.

  • Seven characters or more
  • Made of capital letters, lowercase letters, and numbers
  • Required change every 90 days
  • Does not match user’s LogMeIn ID
  • Does not match the LogMeIn ID or any of the user’s four most recent passwords

Your users will be affected at their next login after the feature has been enabled. If users have a password that does not meet the requirements, they will be forced to change their password.

Forced Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of protection to your LogMeIn account.  Now, administrators can require this feature for all users. This added security process prompts users to enter a one-time security code with their password whenever they sign in.  Users have the opportunity to set this up from either a mobile authenticator app or via SMS text message.  Additionally – if the primary method is unavailable, users will be able to request a code via a backup.

All methods of two-factor are available for use. Users can use:

  • Security Codes via SMS
  • Google Authenticator (or Android/Windows equivalent)
  • Emailed Security Codes
  • LogMeIn Authenticator App  – NEW

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LogMeIn Authentication App

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To make our end users experience as fast and simple as possible, we now have our own LogMeIn Authenticator app which can be used to simplify the second factor authentication to a single gesture.

The LogMeIn Authentication App is a dedicated two-step verification tool for use with LogMeIn accounts[5]. Using LogMeIn Authenticator, users can verify their identity by tapping the notification that they receive when attempting to sign in to their LogMeIn account. The app will also generate security codes as a secondary verification solution when your phone is offline.

 

For a detailed overview of these Login Policy enhancements, check out our online guide for updates on Password Strength and Two-Step Verification or login now. Also download the LogMeIn Authentication App today!

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[1] Edge Strategies and LogMeIn
[2] Ponemon Research and LogMeIn
[3] ESG Research
[4]  When used and configured properly, the technical security features employed by LogMeIn assist companies with their HIPAA and PCI compliance requirements. In combination with User Access through Group/Computer permissions, LogMeIn allows you to get HIPAA and PCI ready.
[5] Please note it will not work with external sites/apps.

         

What your organization can do to avoid getting phished

As you are probably well aware, phishing attacks are on the rise all around the world. Organizations must take extra steps to make sure that they protect themselves as well as their customers against this threat.

As Attila mentioned in his post earlier this week, LogMeIn employs SPF, DKIM and DMARC on every email it sends from a @logmein.com address.

The combination of these three technologies allows the recipient server to validate that:

  1. The email was sent from a server authorized by LogMeIn
  2. The contents of the email has not been manipulated

The key point is that the check is done on your organization’s email servers. They have to support DMARC, SPF and SKIM in order to filter out phishing emails.

Most major email providers, including Gmail, Yahoo mail, and Outlook.com checks for these records and will put phishing emails appearing to come from a @logmein.com address into the Spam folder. Be wary of slighter variations of the domain part. If you see an email from logme.in.com or logmeein.com or some other variation of our domain, you can safely delete it.

If your organization maintains its own email servers, and you receive these phishing emails please ask your email administrator to set up SPF, DKIM and DMARC. You are going to save yourself from a lot of headache.

And as always, follow the best practices for email.

Does your organization use DMARC? If it does not, what is the reason?  Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

         

Two phishing emails making the rounds

We’re getting reports from both LogMeIn users and the general public of suspicious emails. These appear to be part of a blanket phishing attempt. While there are some differences, all of the reports we’ve received are meant to appear as receipts with subject lines like “Your LogMeIn Pro payment has been processed!” and “Order Confirmation #789508 for <your email address>.” We want to make it clear that these did NOT come from LogMeIn and people should not click on or open any of the attachments in the email. As part of our commitment to security, we want to make sure our users and the public are aware of this specific email, and we wanted to share what we’ve learned, as well as provide an easy way for people to identify the tell tale signs of phishing attacks.

 Also, please note that LogMeIn employs DMARC, SPF and DKIM on emails sent from a @logmein.com address. These allow the recipient email server to make sure that the email was sent from an authorized source and that its contents are intact.

The checks are performed on the receiver side. All major email providers, for example Google, Yahoo and Outlook.com support these standards.

If you received a one of these emails, please contact your email administrator and point her to this web site http://dmarc.org/, as your email server is not checking for DMARC.

The email subject lines are:

  • Your LogMeIn Pro payment has been processed!
    Or
  • Order Confirmation #789508 for <your email address>

Intended behavior/action: Tries to get you to open corresponding attachment or a link, which contains malicious file.

The email body text examples are:

Example one:
Dear client,

Thank you for purchasing our yearly plan for LogMeIn Pro on 25 computers.

Your credit card has been successfully charged.

Date : 17/2/2015
Amount : $720 ( you saved $549.75)

The transaction details can be found in the attached receipt.

Your computers will be automatically upgraded the next time you sign in.

Thank you for choosing LogMeIn!

Example two:
Dear customer,

Thank you for purchasing our yearly plan for LogMeIn Pro on 25 computers.

Your order has been processed and your credit card has been charged.

For more information regarding this order, please review the attached order confirmation invoice.

To open the invoice, Microsoft Word must be installed on your computer and macros feature must be enabled.

LogMeIn Account: <your email address>
Date : 30 March 2015
Amount : $720
Credit Card : XXX-XXX-XXXX-8012

Your computers will be automatically upgraded the next time you sign into your account.

Thank you for choosing LogMeIn!

As with all suspicious emails, please don’t open/download any attachments in these messages.  We’ll update this post if we learn more, but please be sure delete these messages if you receive them.  We also recommend taking a look at our primer on how to protect yourself against phishing attacks.

         

LogMeIn Introduces Multi-Monitor Display

Whether you’re a small business or IT administrator, toggling back and forth between monitors slows down your remote access experience.

The LogMeIn team is excited to introduce multi-monitor display, a new way to remote control computers with multiple monitors. You are now able to seamlessly see and interact with all of your displays simultaneously. This is one of our top customer feature requests from our small business customers and provides our IT customers enhanced value.

“The new dual monitor support makes my remote experience productive and seamless. Now my local station and remote station appear indistinguishable and my work flow is greatly improved when remote.”

– Brian Seekford, CEO, Seekford Solutions, Inc

This new feature is available with LogMeIn Pro, as well Central Plus and Central Premier. Customers can easily begin utilizing real multi-monitor display so you can enjoy multiple remote monitors being presented 1:1 on your own monitors screens.

Want to see it in action?

Supported operating systems:

  • Host
    • Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • LogMeIn Host for Windows version 4.1.5022 or newer
  • Client
    • Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • LogMeIn Client for Windows version 1.3.773
    • Compatible with Firefox or Chrome LogMeIn Plugin
    • Internet Explorer
    • Mac (Coming Soon)

Versions Required:

To take advantage of the new multi-monitor functionality, both the LogMeIn host and client software need to be installed.  Please note that if you already have the LogMeIn host and client installed, these will automatically update to include multi-monitor in the coming weeks.