Discontinuing LogMeIn Authenticator

Our product development efforts at LogMeIn have always centered on enabling employees and individuals to simply and securely connect to their devices and applications. Today, we notified users of our plans to discontinue the LogMeIn Authenticator, our dedicated two-factor authentication app, on December 31, 2016.

Designed to simplify the second factor authentication process to a single gesture, we’ve built a superior product with a better user experience in the LastPass Authenticator. A LogMeIn product and free mobile app, the LastPass Authenticator delivers a unique one-tap password verification experience and can be used on hundreds of popular applications and websites such as LogMeIn, LastPass, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, and more.

We recommend users migrate their two-factor authentication enabled online accounts over to the LastPass Authenticator before the end of the year. The app can be downloaded from:

For step-by-step instructions on how to enable the LastPass Authenticator for your LogMeIn accounts, please click here. 

         

Make Your Business More Cyber Aware

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We talk a lot about security here at LogMeIn, especially with our recent partnership with Kaspersky Lab, and given that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM), it’s an ideal time to refresh some of your company’s security practices.

As a small business or an IT lead for a larger company, you’re maintaining a large amount of technology, devices, users, and much more. But there are a few areas where you can make quick improvements to better secure your company’s important information. Check out this list of items you can address fairly quickly and make quick improvements to your security:

Networks

From WiFi to VPN, make sure your company networks have strong, secure and protected passwords. Enable strong encryption (WPA2 and AES) and require authentication as needed. For the WiFi, set up multiple networks for each use case – one for employees, guests, IT, development, etc – to help eliminate disruption and security breaches impacting the entire company. Also consider the physical security of your network equipment – is it stored in the open where anyone can access, or is it stored away hidden from potential theft?

Mobile Devices

It’s likely that many of your employees are using more than just their desktop or laptop to access company systems and information. Make sure those devices are secure as possible, including requiring a passcode that enables you to wipe the device in case it is lost. On top of the passcode, use finger swipe authentication for additional security.

POS Devices

Many LogMeIn users are managing not just computers, but also POS devices. Those machines should be just as secure as others with strong, secure passwords that are changed frequently, if not automatically, and enabled with both user and admin access. You’ll also want to set up anti-virus protection on these machines; it’s likely they don’t receive as frequent maintenance as a laptop or desktop computer so anti-virus monitoring is critical to ensuring the machine is free from malware and threats.

File Storage

Whenever you’re using a cloud-based file storage and sharing solution, you can enable authentication for those user accounts as well. And if possible, set up application-level encryption to protect that data. You can also choose to restrict the locations and devices where data and files stored in the company account can be stored so you always know where that data is going.

Passwords

Our friends at LastPass have done a great job at highlighting the importance of good password practices, not just at home, but at work as well. The three key tenants that your company should adopt is secure, unique passwords for each account, use of two-factor authentication, and use of a password. Start with employee education on secure password practices and take steps within your team to roll out 2FA. While these are just a start, these steps will greatly improve your company’s security.

         

NEW: Collaborate with your team on shared documents

How many times a week – or even a day – do you send files back and forth for review and editing? Given that most of us live in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the answer is probably a lot. With new user-level access controls for file storage in LogMeIn Pro, you never have to send another file via email ever again.

With LogMeIn Pro, you can now share folders with individuals or teams, and collaborate by viewing and editing the contents of that folder. Whether you have a client presentation that requires input from product, marketing, and sales, or you want a central location for all team documents, file storage in Pro gives you the access and collaboration tools you need.

Simply hover over the folder you’d like to share and click “Share folder.” On the next screen, you can add the email address of the users – with no limit on how many users – you want to share with, or choose to generate a public link. The best part? The users you’re sharing with don’t have to be connected with your Pro account in order to access the file. You can share with anyone – vendors, clients, colleagues, whoever!

Log in to get started or watch the video below about file storage in Pro.

         

5 Productivity Tools Your SMB Should Be Using

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In honor of Small Business Week where a popular topic is productivity, we did a quick survey around the LogMeIn office of sites and apps we use every day that keep us productive. The results were pretty widespread, but a few names came up over and over, so we’re giving our favorites a shout out. Here are the top 5 productivity tools we love here at LogMeIn and we think you should too:

Evernote – I’m hard pressed to go into a meeting where a colleague doesn’t open up Evernote to take notes and keep track of to do’s. Whether you use it in its most simplest form to take notes, or you take a more complex route and integrate with Google, Salesforce, Sunrise, or one of their other partners, Evernote helps us remembers things when our brains don’t. Who doesn’t love that?

Nexonia – If you travel a lot for work, you know how painful it is to do expense reports after the fact. Painful. With Nexonia’s mobile app, you can fill out your expense report on the go. Picture this – order dinner at the bar, sign the check, take a photo, upload it to Nexonia. Boom, no receipt needed. The trick? Your company has to be a paid user of Nexonia in order for you to take full advantage of the app and its amazing time-saving features

LogMeIn Pro – We know we’re tooting our own horn here, but Pro recently amped up its productivity game. Not only can you quickly remote into your computer from your phone or tablet (or web browser), but now you can store all of your files – photos, presentations, finances, whatever – for anytime, anywhere access. Not just a few files, but 1TB worth of files. Plus, you can share your files in Pro with anyone – a summary report with your client, a presentation with a vendor, even school photos of your kids with Great Aunt Mary.

Trello – We all know and love Trello but a recent story from a co-worker took that love to a new level. He loved this project management tool so much that he now uses it for his personal life. We’re talking, it’s Saturday morning, time to check the Trello board, check that box productivity. Enough said.

Rising Star: LastPass – Again with the horn, we get it. But really, have you tried LastPass? Here’s the gist: create your account and a Master Password (make it tricky, but something you can remember), and then add a few logins to your LastPass account. From there, you just need to know your Master Password to access those logins – and it works with a browser extension or mobile app so you’re not tied to a specific device. In a nutshell, it means you’ll never have to reset a password again. Talk about productive!

That’s the scoop on what we’re using here at LogMeIn. Give these productivity tools a try at your office and see how much time you can save in a day!

         

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.

         

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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5 reasons to love two-factor authentication

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In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we got to thinking about what we love most about the LogMeIn products, and what stuck out most is two-factor authentication. Last year, we launched our two-factor authenticator app along with a few other security features, and not only have we receives tons of great feedback from users like you, but we love using it as well. It may be a little corny, but here are five reasons we love two-factor authentication:

  1. Two is better than one: Every account with two-factor authentication requires an additional wall before being granted access so that means not only do you have to enter your password, but you also need to enter a code received via text or a push notification from an app on your phone. This means while someone might have your password, if they don’t have your phone, they won’t be able to access your account.
  2. You can be the enforcer: Especially when employees access company-related content and data on their personal phones, you want to ensure those employees take the appropriate steps to protect what they’re accessing. Authenticator apps give companies the ability to require 2FA on specific accounts so you’re in charge of what’s being protected – even on personal devices.
  3. Leave your (data) worries behind: Two-factor authentication gives you peace of mind when it comes to the security of your company data. Many security standards, including PCI DSS and HIPAA require it because they know it secures accounts in a way that can’t be done otherwise.
  4. Set it and forget it: You just have to setup your two-factor authentication method once and it only take a few minutes. The process is simple and once completed, accounts are protected for all future log-ins
  5. LMI Authentication App: There’s a lot of authenticator apps out but we created one for our users and we love it. As soon as you enter your LogMeIn ID on your account, the LogMeIn Authenticator App sends you a push notification prompting you to accept the invitation to access your account and you’re in within a few seconds!

We said it. We love 2FA, and hopefully you do too. If you haven’t tried it yet, download the LogMeIn Authentication App (iOS, Android) to give it a try and then visit your Login Policy page in your LogMeIn account to require employees use 2FA as well.

         

Improve your customer service with LogMeIn Pro

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The benefits of LogMeIn Pro extend beyond the flexibility to access your computer and files. As a small business owner, Pro allows you and your employees to offer even better customer service than you already do.

Whether you’re remoting into a customer’s computer to provide support or giving employees access to on-premises software that enables them to serve customers better, Pro improves the experience you’re able to offer to customers.

Take Tremendous Maids for example. Tremendous Maids is a residential and commercial cleaning company in the Boston area. Co-founder and CEO Victoria Amador brought Pro to her business to increase employee flexibility to schedule cleaning appointments from anywhere. Employees don’t have to be in the office to schedule and access the calendar, but rather, they can remote into the software from anywhere — whether they’re at home or already at an appointment.

This flexibility allows Tremendous Maids to provide superior customer service and allows Victoria to maximize growth of her business.

“LogMeIn has been a lifesaver for us. Our scheduling software is on-premises only and with LogMeIn Pro, we can access the system remotely. This provides flexibility for us as a business and allows us to provide superior service to our residential and commercial clients.” – Victoria Amador

         

Customize your Remote Session with Pro

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Get the most out of each one of your sessions by using the remote control toolbar and customizing features that make each session just right for you. From the remote control toolbar you are able to access features and adjust settings such as:

  • Magnify: This is perfect for small text or simply a screen with a low resolution. Just click magnify in the toolbar and a pointer will appear. Drag the pointer to the area you want to magnify and you’ll see it at 100% of its original size.
  • Color Quality: Select a lower setting to optimize the amount of information transferred during remote control, or select a higher setting to improve the quality of the image.
  • Resolution: Improve the clarity of your sessions by adjusting the resolution.
  • Screen Blanking: Make sure the screen of your work computer is blank during a remote session so those in the office can’t see what you’re doing.
  • Chat: When in a remote session, you can initiate a chat conversation with the user whose computer you’re remoting into it. You can start the chat right from your toolbar and end it at any time.

During your next remote session, explore these features and settings to customize the experience to meet the needs of you and the user or client that you’re supporting.