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Question about use of www.access-remote-pc.com

Posted on 2006-06-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
What are the risks associated with allowing a user on my Windows Cleint-Server network to access his home pc via www.access-remote-pc.com - or any other program that would allow a user to access their home pc over the net?

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Question by:kpdonahue
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Any protocol that is allowed is some sort of risk, but if you set a good security policy, then risks are minimized. About remote control apps - They're usually OK but please note the following issues:
1) (first and obvious) make sure the policy is one-way (meaning, the user can control his home pc from work but not the other way around).
2) Some remote control apps (like MS remote desktop) have a feature which allows local drives to be mapped to the remote system. When security is concerned, this feature is dangerous because if turned on, the minute your employee connects to his home PC, his home PC will be able to access the local drive on his work PC. The simple solution is simply not to use any software that has this feature.
Note - A good security policy never trusts random machines on the Internet. Any computer outside the company's firewall is potentionally malicious. Even if you trust your employees, you can't assume that none of them has a virus on his home PC that will attempt to spread to your network, that's why the feature discussed in #2 is so dangerous.
3) Make sure that the latest version of the RC software is used and that there are no known security issues.

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