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Using TSplus Remote Support to Leverage SSL for Enhanced RDP Security

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is essential for enabling remote access to systems and applications in today's digital landscape. As a leading provider of remote desktop, application delivery and remote IT assistance solutions, TSplus emphasizes cybersecurity, simplicity and affordability. This article explores the importance of RDP security layers, the necessity of securing RDP connections, and the advantages of using TSplus Remote Support not only for software deployment, troubleshooting and training, but also specifically to secure RDP and enhance security. We will wrap up with best practice for securing RDP connections and remote connections in general before concluding on the matter of RDP negotiate security layer.

1. Understanding RDP Security Layer

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Security Concerns regarding RDP:

RDP is widely used, making it a target for various vulnerabilities such as man-in-the-middle attacks, keylogging, denial of service, encryption and other malicious activities. With the rise in work mobility, these risks have increased, making it more critical than ever to secure RDP connections.

Three Different RDP Security Layers – Weak, Pot-luck, or Strong:

  • Negotiate: The Negotiate method selects the most secure protocol supported by the client, making it the middle ground but leaving you with no certainty that a strong option will be available. Indeed, it defaults to TLS 1.0 if available, which has proving insufficient to withstand most cyber-attacks. If TLS is not supported, it falls back to native RDP encryption without server authentication, making it even less secure.

  • RDP: This method chooses native RDP encryption to secure communications but lacks server authentication, making it vulnerable to attacks. Due to these security concerns, this method is not recommended.

  • SSL (TLS): SSL uses TLS 1.0 as its minimum standard to authenticate the server and encrypt communications. Where higher TLS is available, security will therefore be improved since it will use that. This method is recommended for its robust security and effectiveness in providing basic protection for RDP sessions.

2. How to Configure RDP Security Layers in Windows

Step-by-Step Guide without Remote Support:

  • Open Group Policy Editor: Press Win + R, type "gpedit.msc," and press OK.

  • Navigate to Security Settings: Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Security.

  • Enable the Highest Security Layer: Find "Require use of specific security layer for remote connections," enable it, and choose SSL from the drop-down list for maximum security.

Step-by-Step Guide with TSplus Remote Support:

Remote Support enables screen control to be made possible even when the RDP session is minimized. Link to our online documentation here . The login tab also gives agents the possibility of choosing remote support or command line:

Remote Support login offers the possibility of opening a remote computer access session in one of two modes: Remote Control or Command Line.

  • In Remote Support mode , work as above, but on any machine and from anywhere.

  • In Command Line mode , you can work on your whole network with speed and ease, implementing security settings and changes to all, any or one device.

3. Beyond the SSL RDP Negotiate Security Layer - Leveraging TSplus for Enhanced RDP Security

Brief introduction to TSplus Remote Support:

TSplus offers a comprehensive remote desktop software solution, including a secure, fast and simple remote support toolset. TSplus Remote Support provides two primary modes of intervention: command line and remote troubleshooting/device management . It enables screen sharing and remote control , both locally and from a distance, in any direction between PCs and Macs . Recently, TSplus has integrated Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) within its Remote Access solutions for an added layer of security.

Benefits of Using TSplus:

  • Rapid and Secure: Our Remote Support Software-as-a-Service has dedicated servers dotted around the globe in strategic places to provide high quality swift support connections.

  • Enhanced Security: TSplus Advanced Security offers superior protection compared to native RDP settings, including features like IP management and automated defense against brute-force attacks.

  • Ease of Use: User-friendly interfaces and straightforward setup make TSplus accessible for IT professionals and end-users alike.

  • Cost-Effective: TSplus provides significant cost savings through its comprehensive suite of remote access, cybersecurity, server monitoring and remote support tools.

4. Case Studies: Improving RDP with TSplus

One client had poor connection speeds and quality in their region. To solve this, we now host a Remote Support relay in Australia. Consequently, connection speed for our software in that region has been noticeably faster than one of our biggest competitors, TeamViewer.

Another client faced significant security challenges with their RDP connections, including frequent brute-force attacks and unauthorized access attempts. By implementing TSplus Remote Support, they leveraged advanced security features such as IP management, MFA, and automated threat detection network-wide. As a result, they experienced a dramatic reduction in security incidents and enhanced overall system performance.

5. Some Best Practice for Securing RDP Connections

  • Choose SSL/TLS as a minimum for your RDP connections, keeping to the highest TLS version possible. TSplus Remote Access enables you to do this. Users can also connect over HTML5, leaving out all concerns over RDP vulnerabilities.

  • Implement complex passwords to prevent brute-force attacks. Recommend using password managers for secure password storage. This can be required by user and group policies via Remote Access.

  • Implement stringent security restrictions. Configuring firewalls, restricting RDP access to specific IP addresses, and the like will enhance your network security. TSplus Remote Access and Advanced Security include many such features.

  • Require Multi-Factor Authentication: MFA or 2FA provide an extra security layer, protecting against keylogging and unauthorized access. TSplus Remote Support has 2FA integrated.

  • Enable Automatic Updates: Keep operating systems updated to patch known vulnerabilities. This is where our inclusive Updates and Support does wonders.

  • Change RDP Port: Consider changing the default RDP port to reduce the risk of targeted attacks. This is easily configured in Remote Access.

Conclusion on RDP Negotiate Security Layer

Securing RDP connections is crucial in today's digital environment. By understanding and configuring RDP security layers, businesses can significantly reduce vulnerabilities. TSplus Remote Support offers enhanced security features, making it an excellent choice for protecting RDP connections. Whether live or using Wake-on-LAN for out-of-hours access, TSplus ensures robust protection. Explore TSplus products through a 15-day free trial and discover how easily you can enhance RDP security.

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