How Secure are Windows Terminal Services?

by Deb Shinder Sept. 1, 2017 via TechGenix

But what about security? What are the security issues involved in using terminal services/remote desktop? Is it safe to use this type of remote connection to work on confidential or sensitive data? In this article, we will take a look at Windows Terminal Services/Remote Desktop security and the steps you can take to make your terminal server and terminal sessions more secure.Access and security are always at odds in the networking world. Any feature or technology that provides a new way for authorized users to access a system remotely will also present a potential way for unauthorized users to gain access. Because Terminal Services is used in administrative mode in Windows 2000 (and Remote Desktop is used in Windows Server 2003) to allow administrators to perform such tasks as creating user accounts and setting permissions, changing system configurations, and other highly sensitive tasks, it is logical to question the security of a terminal services session.

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