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Version 6.9: Final release

We are happy to announce the final release of Remote Utilities 6.9. You can download version 6.9.4.0 from our download page. For update instructions please visit Updating Remote Utilities.

This has been a massive release in terms of encryption and authorization. We implemented a more modern TLS 1.2 encryption algorithm which is the today's de facto standard for advanced remote access software. The authorization system has also been significantly improved — now you can enable several authorization methods on the Host and use them side by side.

New authorization system

Another major improvement is 2-step verification (2FA, or "2 factor authentication"). This verification acts as an additional layer of protection against unauthorized access to your Hosts. With the 2-step verification enabled — you can use a smartphone app such as Google Authenticator to view the 2FA code — no one can get access to your Host even if they guess the password.

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Version 6.9: PIN-code + Rerun Agent as

Remote Utilities 6.9 Beta 2 has been released. We added PIN-code protection for Internet-ID connection when used with the self-hosted server, the ability to remotely restart the Agent as administrator and a few other features and bugfixes. See this post for details.

PIN-code protection for Internet-ID

This is related to your use of the self-hosted server for Internet-ID connection.

Problem

Previously, anyone who knew your server address and port could use your server to broker an Internet-ID connection for their own Viewer and Host the same way you did for yours. This could result in unidentifiable Hosts hanging in the "Idle" and "Active" tabs in the server Admin Console. While not a security vulnerability per se, it was still an annoyance.

Admin console

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Version 6.9: Host authorization

This post is about how we have improved Host authorization system and related security aspects in Remote Utilities 6.9. Feel free to visit the related community discussion to leave your comments.

We added new features and made significant changes to the way you authorize on remote Hosts. This includes the following:

  • You can enable multiple authorization methods on a given Host;
  • 2-step verification has been added;
  • Host identity is now verified automatically using a certificate;
  • Data encryption protocol has been changed to TLS 1.2.

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Remote Utilities 6.9 Beta 1 released

Remote Utilities 6.9 Beta 1 has been released. In this new version we significanly revamped how authorization works, changed the encryption protocol to the modern TLS 1.2 and implemented a number of other changes and bugfixes.

Download version 6.9 beta 1
See what's new

Beta 2 will follow with some new features and improvements not initially included in Beta 1. Meanwhile, feel free to participate in the open beta testing and leave your feedback in this discussion thread.

GDPR: Updates to our Privacy Policy

As you probably already know, on May 25th, 2018, the European General Data Protection regulation (GDPR) is entering into effect. This new regulation enforces a new set of rules and standards for the processing of personal data of individuals in the EU.

GDPR

In preparation for GDPR we have updated our Privacy Policy and business procedures connected with collecting and processing of personal data to conform to new requirements.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions regarding our processing of your personal data feel free to contact us at privacy@remoteutilities.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Digital Signature for Custom Builds

We are proud to announce the release of Remote Utilities 6.8. This program update provides significant changes to the MSI configurator — now you can sign your custom Host installers with a valid digital signature.

Updated MSI Configurator

We have modified the first step of the MSI Configurator process. Now in the beginning of the configuration process you must choose between two options — Online configurator and Legacy configurator:

Online vs. Legacy configurator option

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