Is remote desktop secure?

Is remote desktop secure?

Is remote desktop secure? 150 150 Tony Davidson

There is an unprecedented number of people currently working from home. Surveys of those working from home have shown that most want to continue this practise in the future – at least on a part time basis.

Most home to office connections are via “Remote Desktop” – a Windows system that enables you to see your work desktop on your home PC.

Note in this article I’m not concerned with Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Services), purely the remote desktop found in Windows 10 Pro.

The default settings for Remote Desktop are not secure and hence it should not be used for work to home connections in its default state under any circumstances.

The most common vector for a ransomware attack on a small business is via an insecure remote desktop connection!

So given this somewhat scary information, how does a small business allow their employees to connect into their work computers without becoming susceptible to a ransomware (or other) attack?

Best solution – setup a VPN server. This will ensure that staff will have a secure encrypted connection from their home to your office and if properly setup this will be fully secure. The CyberX Managed VPN Service is an easy solution and very cost effective compared to alternative solutions, costing only $20ex/mth for up to 10 users.

Alternatively, it is possible to correctly configure Windows 10 to ensure remote desktop connections are secure. The steps are reasonably complicated and covered in this excellent article. I strongly recommend contacting your support provider for assistance with this if you are not totally confident of the process.

If you are not using a VPN it is crucial that your Windows passwords are very secure. Furthermore, no admin accounts should have access via remote desktop.

If you’d like further information or assistance with ensuring your Remote Desktop connections are secure please contact us.


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