Don’t be the fool. WFH tomorrow.

You know they’re coming. The office pranks, the creative marketing emails, the stunts meant to shock and surprise. Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day, and while it happens every year, there’s always one person or brand that manages to fool us every time. This year, don’t let April Fools’ Day get the best of you. Work from home where the only pranks you encounter will be the ones you read about on Twitter.

Knowing that 80% of people have worked remotely in the past six months, it’s likely you won’t be the only one who opted to avoid the pranksters and spend the day working from home. Not sure if WFH is right for you? Plot your way through our infographic below to find out if you have everything you need at home to get work done and be productive at home.

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Windows XP & Server 2003 End of Support FAQs

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed, we want to let you know that LogMeIn Pro and Central will be ending support for desktop client and host software installed on Windows XP and Server 2003 computers as of May 30, 2016. This follows the lead of Microsoft, who ended support for XP in April 2014 and for Server 2003 in July 2015.

Your LogMeIn computers using these operating systems will continue to be online through May 30th; at that point, LogMeIn can’t guarantee your remote connection and you may not be able to remotely control or support those machines.

At this point, we encourage you to consider an upgrade plan for your operating system to continue use of LogMeIn beyond May 30th and we recommend that you review the commonly asked questions below as you begin your transition.

Will I still be able to remote control my Windows XP and Server 2003 computers after May 30th?

Yes, after May 30, 2016, LogMeIn is ending support for Windows XP and Server 2003, which means we will no longer accept technical support phone calls for issues related to LogMeIn software installed on Windows XP or Server 2003 operating systems. It also means that we will not be releasing any new updates for XP or Server 2003 hosts, including security updates.

LogMeIn is not taking any active steps to disrupt the ability to remote control an XP or Server 2003 machine, but we strongly recommend our customers create a plan to move off of these systems.

What is the technical reason behind this decision?

We made the decision to stop supporting Windows XP and Server 2003 because the cipher suite support in Internet Explorer 8 is limited, meaning it is actually more likely for an issue to occur when using the website client on these operating systems, especially on IE 8.

Currently the only cipher suite that works for Internet Explorer 8 is 3DES (a.k.a Triple DES, 3-DES, TDES), which is left on the website solely to support XP and Server 2003 machines. Once this is considered vulnerable and gets removed, users won’t be able to log into the Pro or Central website using Internet Explorer from an XP or Server 2003 machine. This is the client side.

Existing XP and Server 2003 installations probably won’t be affected as we use our own OpenSSL library (built-in) to connect to the website and gateways.

However it may be a problem to attach or change a subscription since, in that case, the embedded web-view control is using the website and LogMeIn’s Common Login Service.  This may break down if the 3DES cipher is determined to be a security vulnerability and later disabled.

Why is there no specific date when computers on Windows XP and Server 2003 will no longer be accessible via LogMeIn?

Every environment is different and once we are no longer releasing updates to a software installed on the XP or Server 2003 operating systems, we can no longer confirm the reliability or security of that software, but we also aren’t actively turning off the connection. Therefore, you will be able to remote control Windows XP and Server 2003 computers indefinitely, but LogMeIn is not responsible for the problems occurred from using XP or Server 2003 after May 30, 2016.

Do I need to manually turn off automatic updates to my XP and Server 2003 hosts to continue remote controlling those computers?

No. Since after May 30, 2016, LogMeIn will no longer provide any new updates to XP or Server 2003 hosts, this is an unnecessary step. These host computers will not receive any sort of updates in the future.

         

QUIZ: What type of IT guy are you?

Every office has their stereotypes – we’re all a Jim, Pam or Dwight in one way or another. When it comes to IT teams, you have proactive team members looking to stay ahead of issues like offline computers or outdated software, and you have the more reactive ones that handle help desk requests as they come in. Whichever category you fall into, your personality and work style contribute to the ecosystem of your team and enable productivity that keep the rest of your company running smoothly.

IT automation and management software like LogMeIn Central help keep all of your IT team members on the same page, whether they’re proactive go-getter, or the more laid back reactive type.  Central gives your team a single-view of all computers in your network with status updates on connectivity, anti-virus, hardware, CPU, memory, and much more. Beyond that you can push Windows updates, deploy scripts, and run installers on your machines – all without interrupting the end user.

Of course, not every team operates the same way – even if you’re using a tool like Central. Take our quick quiz to find out what type of IT support you tend to offer and how your skills contribute to the larger team.LogMeIn_IT_Personas Quiz_Final_HighRes

         

Working from Home Makes Employees MORE Productive

Yup, we said it. Our research (from our friends at join.me) shows that people are just as productive, or even more productive, when  they work from home. What does that mean? It means they’re joining and leading meetings, available via email, phone, and text, and NOT watching TV.

Given that two-thirds of people work from home as often as they need to, it’s no surprise that they’re productive when do they do. And with tools like remote access to connect to machines in the office, cloud-based applications that contain their work, and password managers that connect both apps and devices, there’s no reason why people can’t be productive from home, or anywhere that they have an internet connection.

Check out our latest research on WFH productivity trends and if you haven’t already, get a free trial of LogMeIn Pro to see how much work you can get done on your next WFH day.

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The one app you need for better IT management

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And it’s not in the app store. Central is the remote access tool built to give IT and end users access anytime, anywhere. With the LogMeIn Central desktop app, one click is all you need to connect to your remote device. You don’t need to even deal with your browser. Plus the desktop app offers additional features for the best experience LogMeIn has to offer, including:

Greater security: Automatically login to your devices with locally stored and encrypted passwords to ensure access to a computer doesn’t mean access to all data and machines in your Central account.

No delays: Connect in an instant without the hassle of browser updates and plug-ins. You never know when your browser will push an update, and if you don’t have admin rights to your machine, it’s even more of a hassle to get it updated. With the desktop app, simply connect to LogMeIn with one click.

Quick access: Avoid the hassle of memorizing multiple passwords with automatic login on the desktop app. Even better, you can setup two-factor authentication for your accounts to ensure your company data is secure, no matter when or where your employees access it.

Don’t miss out any longer! Download the Desktop App, available for Windows and Mac, today for a seamless remote control experience that makes your day-to-day that much easier.