Remote Desktop is a convenient way to retain access to your office computer while not in your office, but the default configuration also makes it accessible to the Internet and increases your risk of a system compromise.
To reduce the risk of compromise, the BU Information Security Incident Response Team (IRT) recommends you make the following changes to the configuration of Remote Desktop:
- Use the campus VPN service to first connect to campus, and then remote desktop to the BU PC.
- Consider if you need RDP at all; if not please ensure it is disabled.
Disabling Remote Desktop
Go to Control Panel, click System And Security, and then click System (or just System if using the classic view).
- On the System page, click Remote Settings in the left pane. This opens the System Properties dialog box to the Remote tab.
- To disable Remote Desktop, select Don’t Allow Connections To This Computer,
- Also uncheck the Allow Remote Assistance box only if already checked.
- Click Apply
Click System in Control Panel.
- On the Remote tab, clear the Allow users to connect remotely to your computer check box, and then click OK.