Remote desktop is the ability to connect to a remote computer, see an image of that computer's desktop and interact with it as if it were local.

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How secure is TeamViewer for simple remote support?

I'm deploying a web-based ERP system for a customer, such that both the server and the client machines will be inside the customer's intranet. I was advised in another question not to use TeamViewer ...
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Is it secure to connect to a remote Windows Server using Remote Desktop only?

I have a Windows Server that I login to from my home. I only use the pre-installed Remote Desktop. Is this a secure way to remote login or should I improve it in some way? If I should improve it, ...
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Is a VM only as secure as its host?

Question If one installs a VM with "high security" on a host machine with "low security", will the VM be only as secure as the machine it's installed on, or will the high-security aspects from the VM ...
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Hiding user account names from unauthenticated RDP sessions

This is for a Windows 7 Ultimate system, which is not a member of a domain. When I log into the system locally, I am required to either manually enter my user ID or authenticate with biometrics. The ...
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Is mosh now recommended by the security experts? (2014)

Mosh has been around for a while now. Although it's claimed to be "a replacement for SSH" by its authors, mosh does actually depend on ssh to do the initial authentication, after which an instance of ...
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Given SSH access, what should I do to protect a server and monitor (dangerous) user actions?

Context: Small business, mostly a software house for web applications but also some desktop software. Many external collaborators, so a variety of outside users with access to the servers. Single ...
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Is it insecure to have an SSH server on a workstation?

I know one systems administrator who runs SSH Server on his workstation to push files to it and check things from a phone but I think it is a bad idea for several reasons: An operations workstation ...
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Why would a remote desktop connection harm my PC?

When I try to connect to a remote desktop, a message appears which says something like "Make sure you trust this PC, connecting to untrusted computer might harm your PC". Why would it harm my PC? I ...
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Does setting a user password on Windows XP help protect against remote exploits compared to no password?

In a typical home user situation with a PC connected to the internet via a router, suppose we are not concerned with protecting the machine from people with physical access. Does setting a password on ...
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(SoHo) Multi-Factor Authentication for Remote Desktop Gateway

I am looking at implementing some sort of multi-factor authentication for a Remote Desktop Gateway at a small office (less than 20 users). Where would be a good place to start for a quality, ...
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How to figure out if someone has been using TeamViewer 8 to access my computer when I was not here?

I came to my computer today and have not been here since monday afternoon. I am using windows 7. There were some error messages showing even on the log in screen about memory violations done by ...
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How can Antivirus differentiate between a Trojan and a normal remote desktop application software?

RAT (Remote Access Tool, e.g. Sub7) are considered malicious by Antivirus software. How can it distinguish between such patches and a client application for commercial software like NetSupport ...
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Is opening port 3389 on a router and forwarding this to a Windows SBS 2003 server secure?

I know of a company who has port 3389 open on their router and forwards this to a Windows SBS 2003 server. The server has the Windows firewall switched on, is patched and has an up to date antivirus ...
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How to deal with tunnel applications such as TeamViewer on the corporate network

Our IT department uses TeamViewer to provide support to users at remote locations. More recently we've noticed that users are using TeamViewer to get support for their lab equipment from vendors. ...
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User Account Control and outside processes

I was using TeamViewer (a remote desktop client) to log in to a remote computer running Windows 7. While logged in, the Java updater prompted me for administrator access to run an update check. Out ...
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Is indirect access to a computer as bad as direct?

I'm deploying a web-based ERP system for a customer, such that both the server and the client machines will be inside the customer's intranet. I was advised not to allow the server machine to connect ...
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How to use VNC with SSH tunnel - “is this howto secure”?

PC-A: the local machine, from where i want to see the remote machine [Fedora] PC-B: the remote machine, where the vnc server will be [Ubuntu] install a vnc client [from where you want to connect] on ...
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Is there a compelling reason to ssh tunnel RDP connections?

We don't run any Microsoft products natively in our office, but there are a few folks who use a linux RDP client to access an application on remote virtual desktops with a service provider. Would it ...
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What implementations are possible for dual control?

An organization requires employees to use 2 person authentication in some scenarios. That is, when accessing, say, a server, secret knowledge from 2 people should be used for authentication. No one ...
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Using Remote Desktop to bring a 3rd party application to all my employees

Recently I have been approached by various SaaS (Software as a service) providers offering me different scenarios to deliver their solutions. One in particular has my 50 employees accessing the ...
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How to block user from using GoToMyPC or Teamviewer

Recently, we found our users install GoToMyPC and Teamviewer on their workstations. What is the standard approach to block users' personal use of remote desktop control?
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If a remote user types in a password in a LogMeIn session, can the controlled computer extract the characters?

Assume I have root/administrator access to a given computer which is currently being controlled via LogMeIn from an outside location. I see a password being typed into a browser (as little black ...
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Does Microsoft Remote Desktop require a VPN to be secured?

I am connecting from my home Windows 7 machine to a hosted server Windows Server 2008 R2. I am connecting to it using Remote Desktop on a non-default port. I am wondering if I should go to the effort ...
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How to exfiltrate data over remote desktop

I sometimes come across systems that are segregated in a way I know to be flawed. The arrangement usually looks like this: There is a general IT environment, which follows best practice: patching, ...
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How do I verify exactly which cipher suite is in use for this Remote Desktop session?

You can configure Windows to use only certain cipher suites during things like Remote Desktop sessions. Cipher suites such as RC4 56 bit, RC4 128 bit, Triple DES 168 bit, etc. SSL/TLS is not in play ...
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Saving connection parameters in an RDP file

For connecting to a remote Windows Server 2008 I use a standard Windows 7 RDP remote desktop connection. In an RDP dialog there is an option to save connection parameters to an RDP file to use it ...
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Can a virtual machine program view a host machine's connections?

I don't really know anything about computers. I need to run a virtual Windows machine inside an Ubuntu system. My current setup uses a stripped down version of Windows XP on VirtualBox. I intend to ...
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unexpected thumbprint when connecting via remote desktop - what now?

I have an Amazon EC2 instance in a VPC. I have not logged into it for some time, so I used the Amazon EC2 CLI with ec2-get-console-output to check what the thumbprint should be when I connect. To my ...
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How To Track Down Who Initiated A Remote File Transfer Via TeamViewer If I Have Log File

Walked into my office an hour into a Remote File Transfer initiated by an unknown user. I disabled it right away and looked through the files they transferred, which include a blank check with my ...
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What are the tradeoffs in cost, effort, and value in moving a database server to a virtualized DMZ environment?

I am quite new to the DMZ concept and working on a project as part of my master thesis where Remote access is required for the Development environment. However, there is a functional requirement for ...
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Is Teredo in my router a back door?

I use the school computer, which I bought from school, administered by the IT-department. I opened a port to my computer when I stumbled upon this: It points to my computer IP. (I have a static IP ...
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Remote Connection Tampering

My small high street laptop repair/service/maintenance shop has been up and running for about 3 years. It's doing quite well so I'm looking to expand into other areas of the PC market. One area I ...
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How Team Viewer establish Remote Desktop Connection

I am wondering how is it possible for Team Viewer to establish the remote desktop connection over the internet even if the user has not enabled the 3389 port ? I am searching over the internet but ...
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malware - How to listen to and close malicious ports?

I have a Windows 8.1 machine that seems to be acting weird and getting slow day by day. I believe that it may be a victim of Remote access Trojan(RAT) infection. How do I listen to ports on my PC and ...
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Risks of Microsoft Remote Desktop access behind a secure VPN

This is mostly for my own education, but a scenario has came up at work that has me skeptical. I'd like for the security experts to tell me if this policy is overbearing or not. I remote into a VPN ...
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Tor and remote desktop viewing

If I am using tor for anonimity, does this prevent staff at a place of employment or an educational institution from remotely viewing my desktop and seeing what I am doing on Tor? If so how can I get ...
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Is it possible to Spoof a TeamViewer ID?

I am using 2 forms of remote access to my Windows Server 2008 machine, both go to the Admin account since we only use it to host a Minecraft (MC) Server. Remote Desktop, that goes over a custom port ...
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Verifying NLA support on Remote Desktop

What is the best way to verify if an MSRDP server has NLA enabled or not? My understand is that if enabled, it will not show a graphical screen when trying to connect, but ask for credentials first. ...
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Why does the linux XRDP module use a 512 bit RSA key? [closed]

Why does the linux XRDP module use a 512 bit RSA key? 512 bit RSA keys are broken by now. How can this be safe?
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Policy for remote-access situations?

We have network which users (mostly management, it, and the presidents) use VPN to remote into their work desktops or to use their laptops from home. After some users took it upon themselves to ...
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Strange TCP traffic on Mac OS X from 'rdmd'

I noticed some curious traffic today on my MBP after running lsof. It seemed that a process called rdmd had begun 3 TCP sessions: rdmd 85842 0 9u IPv4 0xca0e547f0a118fdb 0t0 TCP ...
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how much of a security threat would this be?

If I set up a Domain Controller server to be accessible from the internet via Remote Desktop Connection (through port forwarding in the router), how much of a threat would that be? and if I have a ...
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Is Windows 7's Remote Assistance feature secure?

Are there known attacks that can intercept an ongoing Remote Assistance session, for example to take screenshots or even worse, impersonate the other computer and send arbitrary keystrokes, or to ...
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What does a Remote Desktop Connection risk for both computers?

I recently had a malware issue called "mysearchdial" that installed itself into my home computer's browser because someone didn't pay attention to what they were installing. I RDP'd into my work ...
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Remote desktop connection different networks password non VPN

I'm looking for a solution to bring support to users from a big network to other users into little networks. The idea is to keep control of content (no VPN). Also it's important that always users who ...
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What are best practices for implementing Remote Desktop within a corporation?

After the recent critical vulnerability: 'MS12-020: Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop could allow remote code execution' I have been looking for a hardening checklist or in the scenario that I am an ...
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Is it legal to create a remote administration tool? [closed]

I'm planning to make a simple remote administration tool with the basic features that are available on all other rats in the market. However, I'm really worrying about legal issues after marketing it. ...
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Using remote desktop

I was having trouble getting Outlook to work with my schools email account and called the help desk. They gave me a link to install a program called Bomgar. I installed it and clicked "allow viewing ...
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Is there a security difference between remote desktop or VPN?

Is there any difference in security between browsing the internet on a remote desktop and using a VPN to browse the internet on a local machine? In this case assume both use the same encryption ...
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Should remote access (RDP/SSH) only be allowed for VPN clients? Or should RDP and SSH be opened the public?

I am about to push hard against the powers that be and strongly recommend that we shift our many (20+) consultants from direct public access to RDP & SSH to VPN clients (connecting to a ...