Windows® Remote Desktop Security Settings
Want to know more on the security settings available for the Remote Desktop Service in Windows? Just read on.
Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP is a protocol developed by Microsoft for enabling users to interact with another system using a well defined graphical interface. The protocol is available in most versions of Windows operating systems and exists on some versions of non-Windows operating systems. The Remote Desktop Protocol services were formerly known as Terminal Services, which is now formally declared as Windows Remote Desktop. The Remote Desktop Protocol services in Windows allow the users to gain access and control the function of a computer remotely. The graphical interface of the service is very intuitive and supports multiple bit color resolutions. The remote access can be locked or encrypted using a pass-code and the encryption level for available programs is over 128-bit. This level ensures safety from unauthorized intruders or hackers. The common functions supported by the Remote Desktop Protocol services are file redirection, printer redirection, audio redirection, port redirection, file association management, network level authentication, access to Windows Management Instrumentation, etc.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about the security settings of Remote Desktop Service in Windows:
- Select remote users
- Add preferred users
- Custom Firewall settings
Select remote users
The Windows users who are concerned about the security of the system while using the Remote Desktop feature are advised to configure the security settings available in the feature console to prevent intrusions and unauthorized access. The users are provided with options that enable the users to allow and deny remote users from gaining access to the settings. Checking the ”˜allow users to connect remotely to this computer”™ option box will enable users to connect with the system and vice-versa.
Add preferred users
There is a ”˜select remote users”™ option right next to the ”˜allow users to connect remotely with this computer”™ option that enables the users to select remote users to connect with the system. There will be an add option in the console window and the users can add the user accounts that will be authorized for using remote services in Windows. Limiting the accounts will help prevent unauthorized access by other users on the system.
The users of Windows can also configure the Firewall to allow and deny specific IP addresses that are used to connect remotely with the system. The users can access these settings by using the edit function in the remote desktop button in the Firewall exception list. The users can create a custom IP list that is allowed to connect with the computer and in this way can protect the system from other unauthorized users.
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