Spotlight On: InVision

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The prototyping and collaboration service, InVision, is one of the most popular tools for web and mobile designers, as seen by its impressive score in Meldium (90.5 out of 100 in July). Meldium users aren’t the only ones impressed by InVision; investors are too. In July, InVision raised $45M in Series C funding to further product development and expand sales to enterprise companies.

The members of our design team are not only power users, but huge fans of InVision.  To get the inside scoop on the tool, we talked with Tim O’Brien, User Experience Manager at LogMeIn to learn how he and his team incorporate the InVision app into their work everyday. So, whether you've heard of InVision or not, if you are a part of the team collaborating on design and customer experience, this month's spotlight is for you. 

What is InVision?

InVision is a prototyping tool that allows designers to quickly and easily create interactive mockups. The tool makes it super easy to share mockups with teams or clients (who don’t have to be InVision users) via URLs, screenshots, or PDFs. As for collaboration, InVision allows you to comment and call out specific areas on the mockup.

The main reason this tool rocks so much? It was created BY designers, FOR designers. 

How do you use InVision on a daily basis?

“Our designers, developers and product owners share many time zones between them, so we value tools that promote asynchronous communication. We use InVision to handle communication about product and web design. Our designers create interactive prototypes that they can show to anyone who they need feedback from. Then our engineers and product owners use InVision as a reference for what to build.”

How does this app help you and your team?

“InVision improves our communication. It helps designers explain their ideas by making prototyping easier and it helps reviewers explain their feedback through the comment system.”

What did you use before InVision?

“Email, JIRA, and HipChat.”

What is the one feature you can’t live without?

“Comments. It’s the easiest way to point out exactly the part of the design you want to talk about. Most of my mornings are spent going through the InVision comments from the Budapest team who started working earlier in the day. This feeds into a to-do list of updates that I make to the InVision prototype.”

Do you provision use of InVision to other team members? How does that process work?

“I do. We have three account administrators in InVision, one for each product group. I use Meldium to invite a ton of people to InVision so that everyone can see and comment on our work.”

Check out the InVision website to learn more about the tool and to give it a try yourself. 

All in a Day's Apps

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Whether it's for business or personal use, our days are increasingly spent online. For most of us from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, we're constantly connected to an app or online account. A recent research report found that individuals use more than 25 apps each month, a number that for me, seems to be growing by the day.

To get a better understanding of what my online life looks like, I took note of every app I used for an entire day. Of course, all of my accounts and passwords stored are in Meldium, so I have access to whatever I need in an instant. Check out the infographic below to get a glimpse into a day in the life of a marketing manager at a SaaS company.

Organize all of your accounts into one place today and get started with Meldium for free! Simply create an account and start adding usernames and passwords right now. 

Bad passwords happen to good people

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Passwords (for now) are a necessary evil of the digital age and are a part of our everyday lives at work and at home. Lucky for us, no two sites approach password creation the same way, and remembering every single one for the numerous accounts we have is a breeze, right? Kidding aside, many websites and services leave the onus on us to make our passwords “more secure” instead of actually imposing strict strength requirements. Plus, we have to find an effective method or choose a tool to help us remember all of them.

Though I’d like to give most people the benefit of the doubt, their behavior makes it quite clear that most value productivity over security when it comes to passwords. In fact, according to a recent study, 65% of individuals use the same password everywhere, and 47% report a productivity drain at work due to password management.

So what’s the big deal? We see password leaks in the news every day, along with stolen user account, credit card or confidential information going along with it. Most people continue to ignore the problem, assuming the worst can't happen to them.

Quite recently, I heard my sister talking about her Ancestry.com account. I asked her if she could share the account with me, and with her busy schedule, I never heard back! I grew increasingly impatient, and headed to the Ancestry.com website. I knew she had an account, and her e-mail address, so took a guess from there.

One guess, I was in.

Her password was one that she as used, and re-used, for years. It was the very same password she used for her AOL account in 1996. So not just a few years, about 20 years; she had a password almost two-decades old. The very same password she was using when we had a dial-up modem, at a time when we were kicked offline by a phone call...on a landline.

It’s pretty clear my sister has some pretty bad password habits, but what about you? Take our new password quiz to find out how good you are at protecting your passwords and personal information. If you need to bulk up, check out these 4 quick and easy steps to set yourself on a path to strong, secure passwords.

Four quick & easy steps to better password management

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Think about the apps and web services you use on a daily basis for both personal and business – Gmail, Twitter, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Scalyr, Stripe, etc. All of those accounts contain valuable personal information, and you want to ensure you’re protecting it in the best way possible. The question is how can you do that without a ton of effort? It doesn’t have to be difficult and once you know the basics, you’re much better off than the average Joe. Simply follow these 4 steps and you’ll be well on your way to secure, safe accounts:

1. Create strong, secure passwords – Don’t simply use your kid’s name and the date of their birthday, or your anniversary. Be creative, or even random. Also, ensure your passwords are a minimum length (8-10 characters) and use uppercase, lowercase, and characters in each one. One surefire way to know if your passwords are secure? Use a password generator. 

2. Store them somewhere safe – Use an online password manager that stores and encrypts all your passwords in one central location. When you adopt a password manager, you immediately improve the security on your accounts that store valuable information like account numbers, credit card info, social security numbers, and more. There are a number of password managers to choose from, such as Meldium, which is a cloud-based service that offers great tools for individuals and businesses alike. Whatever you do, don’t write your passwords on sticky notes by your desk. 

3. Only share securely – Specifically, don’t write down your passwords on paper or in an email to share them with others. Whether the risk is the wrong person will find that paper in the trash or someone will hack your email, the outcome is all around no good, so keep your passwords to yourself unless you're using a true sharing feature with a password manager, which allows you to share account access but not the password itself. The best of both worlds!

4. Use two-factor authentication – One of the best ways to secure your passwords is to use two-factor authentication, which adds another layer of security. When 2FA is enabled, you’ll be required to validate your account by another method – a 2FA app, text to your phone, email, or some other similar message – and this helps ensure it’s truly you that is accessing your account.

Once you’ve followed these 4 easy steps, your accounts and the information they hold will be much more secure. In addition, if you use a password manager like Meldium, you can store all accounts for both personal and work, which allows you to share accounts (but not the passwords!) like Netflix with family or friends as needed. That’s the kind of sharing we like.