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Live Mesh - Remote Desktop

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    LoadTitan

    Hi,

    I usedLive Mesh and its ability to run Remote Desktop. Now that Mesh has gone, is there a way of using Remote Desktop to connect to a PC running skydirve.

     

    Typical scenario: I am at work and want to remote to my machine at home.

    Thanks

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    PaoloM

    Not like it was in Mesh. You can still access all the drives on your home machine, tho.

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    Sven Groot

    @LoadTitan: If your PC is connected directly to the Internet (or you have the ability to forward a port from your router), you can simply use the Windows built-in remote desktop. The only downside is that you must either remember your home PC's IP address or use a service like DynDNS.

    You can also use something like LogMeIn as an alternative. My dad uses LogMeIn and it works very well for him.

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    LoadTitan

    Thanks guys for the response.

    @Sven Groot:I've just been trying LogMeIn - it seems ok, but the browser app crashes quite often. If I was to open / forward a port on my router to allow RDP, is there any pitfals I should be aware of - i.e. security??

     

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    figuerres

    , LoadTitan wrote

    Thanks guys for the response.

    @Sven Groot:I've just been trying LogMeIn - it seems ok, but the browser app crashes quite often. If I was to open / forward a port on my router to allow RDP, is there any pitfals I should be aware of - i.e. security??

     

    well just keep in mind that the port for RDP is a "Well Known Port" and if a hacker scans the subnet and sees that port they can start trying to figure out what usernames and pass words to use and possibly get in....

    while this is not super easy it is also a way to possibly do bad stuff to your pc.

    if you find that you can not use log me in (or one of the other remote access programs) then I would think about getting a router / firewall box with a secure VPN option. then you can access stuff on your local network and keep all of the traffic in the VPN.

    do not use pptp, that is not a secure VPN.

     

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    evildictait​or

    Also, it might sound stupid, but make sure you run Windows Updates and install ALL security patches first. There have been some pre-auth kernel-mode bugs reported recently (as in last half of 2012) in the rdp driver which you really don't want getting exploited when you open up to the Internet.

    Also make sure your computer doesn't have any accounts without passwords, that the guest account is disabled and that your other accounts have "good" passwords (i.e. not short or a dictionary word). Remember: If you can login remotely, so can anyone else who can guess your password - so make it hard to guess.

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    Sven Groot

    , evildictait​or wrote

    Also make sure your computer doesn't have any accounts without passwords, that the guest account is disabled

    Actually, RDP does not allow any access for any account that does not have a password or is not an administrator (non-administrators must be allowed explicitly).

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    evildictait​or

    , Sven Groot wrote

    *snip*

    Actually, RDP does not allow any access for any account that does not have a password or is not an administrator (non-administrators must be allowed explicitly).

    That's good to hear. I don't tend to use RDP, but certainly disabling the guest account and ensuring that all accounts have good passwords is good practice for other scenarios such as people being able to walk up to your machine and immediately log in (this is the case, for example, if someone burgles your house and your machine is still on - say, because you're at work and your machine is on so you can RDP to it Smiley)

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    elmer

    We only allow RDP from known IP addresses, using IP whitelisting on the perimiter firewall.

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