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:

We discourage the use of for privacy reasons mostly. We discourage the use of other third party software for security vulnerabilities concerns.

Enabling Remote Desktop Securely on Windows 10

Remote Desktop can be enabled securely on Windows 10 with the following instructions:

  1. Go to Control Panel (Search for Control Panel via Cortana/Search
  2. Then on the left hand side, please click “Remote Settings”
  3. Then click on allow remote connections and also check “Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication.

Disabling Remote Desktop

Windows 7

Go to Control Panel, click System And Security, and then click System (or just System if using the classic view).

  1. On the System page, click Remote Settings in the left pane. This opens the System Properties dialog box to the Remote tab.
  2. To disable Remote Desktop, select Don’t Allow Connections To This Computer,
  3. Also uncheck the  Allow Remote Assistance box only if already checked.


  1. Click Apply

Windows XP

Click System in Control Panel.

  1. On the Remote tab, clear the Allow users to connect remotely to your computer check box, and then click OK.