One of the biggest challenges of our time is protecting users and data from cybercrime. Remote desktops (RDP) as well as the use of virtual private networks (VPN) serve to centralize and protect corporate data systems. Both services require encryption between the network and its users to ensure data security.
What is Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)?
Remote desktop refers to remote access using software that allows you or your computer (server) to connect to another computer (client) and see it on your desktop. Popular applications that enable remote access include Netviewer, LogMeIn, TeamViewer, Citrix or Apple Screen Sharing. A (fast) internet connection is required for the connection.
Remote desktop for troubleshooting and remote work
Remote desktop is used for technical troubleshooting, but also for remote work with employees around the world or in the home office. Remote desktops are also used in large companies where all employees work in one place, as the network within a building hardly loses any speed. Centralized management is a major advantage of the system.
What is the difference between RDP and VPN?
When employees work in a home office or on the road, they are usually connected via VPN. A VPN refers to a virtual private self-contained network. After authentication, an employee has access to the corporate network as if he were sitting on site. In this case, the data traffic is encrypted by the activated VPN and inaccessible from the public Internet.
For Remote Desktop, desktop or laptop computers are mandatory resources, as well as a powerful Internet speed. A VPN can be used on many other Internet-enabled devices.
With Remote Desktop, complete control over another PC is feasible. Without a firewall, using RDP is problematic for data security. A remote desktop makes the host computer vulnerable to unwanted access from the outside. For this reason, a VPN connection is required for secure Internet use.
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RDP vs. VPN
Whether RDP or VPN depends on the respective needs and purposes. If you bring your own hardware and manage the computer yourself, a VPN is the choice. If the employer wants control over employees’ computers, a remote desktop environment often makes more sense.
In short, a VPN provides secure connection into a network and RDP provides access to a single server. It is a good idea to use both services at the same time to achieve the optimal mix of control, data protection and security.
Security with VPN
A Virtual Private Network protects when connecting to external resources. The primary purpose of a VPN is to improve the security of a decentralized working environment. When working in multiple locations, when you need to work remotely and access data on third-party devices. Especially in public WIFI, a VPN is a good choice.