What kind of Password Protector are you? Take the quiz to find out!

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It’s no secret that people’s password habits are concerning. We recently published research results that found more than half of people store their passwords in a spreadsheet and over 25% still write passwords down on paper or sticky notes! Considering these passwords contain valuable personal information like bank statements, credit card information, financial info, and much more, it’s alarming that individuals are so haphazard with their passwords.

To help you get a pulse on your own password habits, we’ve created a new password quiz to see if you’re doing a good job protecting your data, or if you need to spruce up your habits. So far, we’re impressed with the results. Just over half of people earned the most secure status from the quiz, “Password Secret Service,” which means they’re generating diverse, unique passwords, storing them securely, and more. For the other 50% that could do some housekeeping on their password habits, here are 3 easy tips to help you protect valuable personal information and be a better password protector:

  • Don’t use the same password for too long: Many websites don’t have strict password requirements, meaning you could easily create an account, which includes your credit card info, with some of the weakest, worst passwords. Stronger passwords can be achieved simply by adding numbers, letters, and symbols. Make these changes and create unique passwords across every account, app, and device. This is the only way to keep your data secure.
  • Stop relying on memory: The root of the issue is often the number of accounts and passwords people are being asked to create, and then manage in order to carry out simple day-to-day activities. The easiest way to keep track of all of these unique accounts (and strong passwords) is to use a password manager. This will ease the burden of password management and encourage strong passwords that don’t have to be committed to memory.
  • Share accounts, not passwords: There are certainly circumstances where individuals need to be able to share passwords with one another. Passwords are often shared through insecure channels such as email and instant messaging. Password managers, like Meldium, are designed for business and team use – encourage proper password hygiene and allow access to the specific account or application without bothering with passwords. These tools add convenience and an extra layer of security.

If you haven’t already, take the Password Quiz to get see you how you stack up against others. If you need to up the ante on your security, follow these 3 easy steps to keep your accounts, passwords, and personal information safe.

         

4 Ways Windows 10 & Central can simplify your day-to-day

With Windows 10, Microsoft brought things back to basics and many users are already delighted with the new OS, noting that it’s “wonderful” and “just works”.  With LogMeIn being completely Windows 10 ready, we figured for those early adopters, and those considering the migration to Windows 10 soon, we’d pull together four tips on how the new OS and our software complement one another, can simplify your day, and help you do more with less time.

1 – Efficiently Multitask

We all want to do more with less time, and not all of us have multiple monitors.  With Windows 10 virtual desktop with Task View, you can create separate workspaces and then flip back and forth between them with just a keystroke.  Many of Windows 10’s power users will love the ability to shift between apps on their virtual desktops.  For LogMeIn power users, our Multi-Monitor Display seamlessly supports multiple monitors (including Windows 10 virtual desktops).

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2 – Boost user productivity

When Windows restarts automatically (without the users consent), work is almost always lost. If IT requires a restart during a busy workday, that can be just as frustrating for end users.  If you’ve have updates that require you to reboot, Windows 10 will allow you to schedule a specific time for reboots.  With LogMeIn Central there are several options to reboot a host computer. This way, not only can software updates be automated across multiple machines with LogMeIn Central, but also you can schedule a date and time to reboot multiple machines by executing a remote command and run batch updates during off-peak hours.  Plus, you can emergency reboot along with other options to solve a problem in a pinch.

3 – Seamlessly manage Windows and Microsoft Updates
Windows 10 introduces a new option that lets you download updates using peer-to-peer technology.  This new option allows users to download apps and OS updates from multiple sources to obtain them more quickly while also saving bandwidth.  Apps and OS updates can be downloaded from Microsoft and PCs on a local network, or a combination of local PCs, internet PCs, and Microsoft’s traditional Windows Update servers. You can download the new patch once from Microsoft, then share it among the PCs on your network. To control how Windows and Microsoft updates are installed across all of your managed endpoints and automate tasks, use LogMeIn Central’s One2Many.

4 – Save time with Enhanced Search 

Search has improved with the new version of Windows, and if the exact file name or app are misspelled, Windows 10 allows you to find exactly what you were looking for, in comparison to a stricter Windows 8.  LogMeIn Central’s search functionality similarly streamlines your search process when you’re managing a number of computers.  You can search all criteria simultaneously, search for Alerts, Status, Groups, and more as well as setup custom fields to find computers more easily.

For more information on Windows 10, please visit the Microsoft website. Haven’t tried Central yet? Take out a free trial today.

         

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.

Like other modern browsers that have gotten rid of plugins, users of Windows Edge won’t see any more plugin installation prompts.  Instead, when they first make a remote control or file manager connection in the browser, they will be prompted to download a small support file (.exe file on PC). The LogMeIn Client executable automatically opens a new window and displays the remote control or file manager screen.  In fact, if you have ever used our online meeting product, join.me, it’s almost an identical experience.

The only difference from an experience standpoint is that your remote access session will be in a new window, not in the browser, itself. And that itself introduces some new benefits, the biggest being that you can now have multiple remote access sessions going at the same time – a perfect solutions for IT pros looking to multi-task management and troubleshooting activities across multiple computers.

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

         

Summer Superstar: 5 Tips for Staying Productive While Working from Home

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We recently conducted research that found that 80% of people worked remotely in the past six months. During the summer months, it’s likely that number is even higher as people travel for vacations, long weekends, or just crave a day out of the office. Many of that 80% spend a significant amount of time working remotely – over half worked between and 1 and 10 hours from outside the office. We’re not just talking about checking an email here and there. People rely on their ‘work from home’ time to be as productive as possible to maintain that work/life balance.

Since we know it can be a challenge to work from home when you’re typically an office employee, we’ve pulled together these 5 tips that help us be productive when we work from home.

  1. Act like you’re going to work– Don’t simply roll out of bed, sit down in your pajamas, and turn on your computer. Start your day like you would if you were actually going to work. If you normally go for a walk or workout, do that. Eat breakfast, shower, and get properly dressed before sitting down to work. You’ll be off to a much fresher start when you’re mentally prepared.
  2. Create a desk – Even if you don’t have a desk, create a workspace for yourself. Your kitchen table will probably work well – assuming there aren’t a bunch of people milling around all day. Make sure the table you use is cleared off of junk, mail, and clutter. Have your computer and charger there, along with your phone, a notebook, pen, post-its, and anything else you might need during the day.
  3. Get the access you need – Whether you need to remotely access your computer at work, have VPN setup, or access to accounts you use on a daily basis (such as Salesforce, MailChimp, InVision, etc), and make sure you have that access BEFORE you leave the office. When you do, your transition to working from home will be seamless.
  4. Have a plan – At home, distractions can be inevitable so it’s helpful to have a to-do list for the day. Start the day by writing down what you’d like to accomplish and then work from there.
  5. Communicate – Make a concerted effort to communicate with your team members while remote.  Use e-mail, instant messaging, and online meetings to connect with colleagues. You might find you communicate with them more while you’re out of the office!

If you plan to work from home consistently, consider some of the luxury items that make you most productive in the office, like a bigger, second monitor, a mouse, a headset for your phone, and more. However, for a day working from the beach house or your backyard, these 5 tips will ensure your day is just as productive as those in the office.

         

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Evolution of Work

How we get work done has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. At that point, almost 50% of people were still tied to their desks to complete work effectively, and offices were topped with a desktop computer, printers, and even fax machines. Now you’re hard pressed to find a fax machine, and maybe even a printer in your office. This is because we rely on cloud app technology that allows us to conduct business in the cloud. In fact, 56% of people use financial or bookkeeping cloud apps for work and more than half use productivity apps like project management or file sharing.

The rise of cloud apps has transformed the concept of an office; work is no longer defined by four walls and a desk with your nameplate. Nearly 80% of people worked remotely in the last six months, and almost all (96%) businesses see mobility as important for employees to be productive and efficient in today’s workplace.

We recently surveyed 1,000 full-time employees across the United States to define how they used to work and how they work now, and compiled results in an infographic. Check out the full infographic  below and stay tuned for more tips on how to keep up with new technology and tools to keep employees productive from anywhere.

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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!

         

Your computer in the cloud, thanks to LogMeIn Pro

Did you know your LogMeIn Pro subscription includes a free mobile app? With the LogMeIn app for iOS and Android, you’re able to access your entire computer – desktop, applications, files, etc – from your smartphone. As long as you have WiFi or an internet connection, you can remotely control your computer as if you were sitting right in front of it.

With summer in full swing, and vacations and long weekends in the future, the LogMeIn mobile app will keep you productive, whether you’re working from home, the beach house, or your client’s office. The app allows you to save directly to your device so you can work on the files offline, and you can also move and copy files between your computers and devices as needed. Download the app today to make your summer both productive and relaxing.

Don’t take it from us. Hear from LogMeIn customers who love their mobile app experience:

 “I’m able to “be at the office” from pretty much anywhere!” 

“This has helped me do lots of business remotely.”

“Best Remote App. I support all my clients with ease.”

Download the app, available for iOS and Android!

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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.