Medium: 5 Wins to Secure & Connect to your Network

February 3, 2024

Full Three part series originally posted to Medium.  

Summary below:

Let's face it, setting up a secure network is hard.  Configuration errors can undermine the network and make it easier for unwanted access.  Googling how to setup remote access for games or RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) reveals some outdated advice such as using port forwarding.  While port forwarding can be safe if done correctly, it requires that your firewalls and other perimeter security measures are set up correctly and won't weaken your security.

Change your networking configuration habits to avoid attacks.  Here are 5 network requirements to keep your network secure.

  1. Close ports & eliminate port forwarding
  2. Minimize access to network resources
  3. Rethink your VPN strategy
  4. Fix RDP - it leaks like a sieve and is gold to hackers
  5. Create on-demand LAN and WAN connections to specific network resources

Five easy wins - networking strategies

Shift your network strategy.  So how do you make it simple but keep your network secure? Use Remote.It.

Remote.It allows you to define secure connections to specific network services and device endpoints for which users require access. Giving users access is as simple as sharing those services and endpoints via an invitation sent to a user’s email address. Each user gets the services and device access that they require — but nothing more. Remote.It handles the authentication, security, and point-to-point communications even if the user is moving between physical locations with changing IP addresses or no IP address such as on mobile/cellular networks.

It becomes an easy process to manage users’ access to cloud services without the cumbersome need to use a cloud dashboard that is meant for IT and DevOps managers. If the user IP changes because their remote location changed, a call to the IT department isn’t required.

It just works.

Open ports are no longer required. Port forwarding is a thing of the past. Shared game servers work, even when access to a router NAT is unavailable.

Seems too easy. What’s the gotcha? There isn’t any. This is the shift that I talked about. This is a new way to do connectivity that requires a small learning curve. Once you try it, you’ll understand how Remote.It can become an integral part of your network tool chest that becomes a win-win for IT/DevOps and users.

Ready to make the shift? Ping me, and I’ll be happy to set up a tour. Learning about the big shift in networking and endpoint access won’t cost a thing. Or if you want to get started immediately, sign up for a free account and get started now.

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