One of the first things I do after installing Windows is to disable some security holes. The first one I address is Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop can be a handy way to help someone with their computer when they are off-premises.
Remote Registry is the next thing I disable. The bad guys love this service to be running as it gives them yet one more entryway into your computer.
This week’s Quick Tips article will show you how to disable these potential security nightmares.
“A remote desktop is a separate program or feature found on most operating systems that allows a user to access an operating computer system’s desktop. The access occurs via the Internet or through another network in another geographical location and allows users to interact with that system as if they were physically at their own computer. USB devices with the ability to recreate a remote user’s desktop are commonly called secure portable offices.” ~ Techopedia
Turning off Remote Desktop is a simple matter of flipping a toggle switch in the Windows 10 Settings App:
- Use the Windows key + I to open the Settings App
- Choose System
- In the left panel, choose Remote Desktop
- In the right panel, toggle the switch labeled Enable Remote Desktop to the state you desire
It should something like this:
If you change this setting, you will be faced with a confirmation window so you can assure Windows that you do indeed want to make this change and that it didn’t magically happen on its own.
If you do decide that you need someone’s help from afar, or you need to help somebody who is not near, then it is a simple matter of coming here and turning it on until you’re done with it. Don’t forget to turn it off again when you are finished with it.
Bonus Tip – Remote Registry
“Remote registry editing is a much more common task for tech support and IT groups than the average computer user, but there are times when remotely editing a key or value in another computer’s registry can really come in handy.” ~ Lifewire
In order to do this, we will have to open the Windows Services utility so we can keep this service from starting with Windows.
Here is how:
- Use the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys to open the Task Manager
- Click the Services tab at the top of the window
- At the bottom of the window, click the link labeled Open Services
- Scroll down until you see the entry for Remote Registry
- Double-click on it to open the Properties sheet
That should bring you here:
If the Stop button is not greyed out, then click it to stop the service. In the drop-down menu, choose Disabled. Simply OK/Close your way out of all these windows. This will keep Remote Registry from running when you next boot Windows. If you need more of an indication as to why it’s a good idea to shut this down, then read the brief description of what it does, indicated in the left column in the above image. If that doesn’t scare you, then nothing will.
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