Secure a Windows RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol Server)

February 3, 2024

Secure a Windows RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) Server

What is RDP?

RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) is a protocol developer by Microsoft to provide a use with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection.

Why do I need to be concerned about RDP?

Remote Desktop Protocol (also called Windows Remote Desktop or Windows Terminal Server) is among the most commonly exploited targets for ransomware and malicious attackers.  RDP requires open ports on a public internet address for the connection. Many cyber insurance firms will not insure organizations that have open ports for RDP solutions in place due to the potential security risks.

The open ports for RDP are such a glaring security risk that cybersecurity insurance firms do not underwrite companies with open RDP ports.

With Remote.It, you can enable RDP connections without opening any firewall ports.  Only authorized users can access the RDP server.

Getting Started

You will need access to your host Windows computer acting as a Remote Desktop Server.  You will also need a Windows computer acting as a client.  Review Mac documentation to connect a Mac client to a Windows host via RDP.

You will also need a Remote.It account.  Our Personal plan is free forever.  If needed, upgrade to a paid plan starting at $5 per month.

Connect to Microsoft Remote Desktop in 4 steps.

Register Windows RDP host using Remote.It

Step 1: Configure the target/host computer for RDP

Step 2: Register a new Remote.It device on the target/host computer

Step 3: Add an RDP Remote.It service on port 3389

Step 4: Make a Remote.It connection

Once, complete you can access your host RDP computer from your client computer.  Connections will work even if computers move locations and IP addresses.  Both the host and client can be in the cloud without open any ports, configuring firewall rules, updating IP allowed lists, or establishing a VPN connection first.

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