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Chapter 24. Making Remote Network Connec... > Connecting to a Remote Desktop via t...

Connecting to a Remote Desktop via the Internet

Connecting to a Remote Desktop host over your LAN is easy to set up and fast, but your LAN might not always be so local. If you’re traveling, what do you do if you want to connect to your desktop or to the desktop of some computer on your network? This is possible, but it requires some care to ensure that you don’t open up your computer or your network to Internet-based hackers.

Caution

In addition to the security precautions I present in this section, you should also set up your accounts with robust passwords, as described in the “Creating a Strong Password” section of Chapter 6, “Getting the Most Out of User Accounts.” Using Remote Desktop over the Internet means that you open up a small window on your network that is at least visible to others on the Net. To ensure that other Internet users cannot exploit this hole, a strong password is a must.



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