Solutions to securely remotely access a computer

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brainwave89

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I have 3 Windows XP Pro computers on a workgroup. Currently, I have friend who uses remote desktop to access one of these to help me with Quicken. I soon will have another person who will need to remotely access a desktop to do data entry.
Is using Remote Desktop the most secure way for the current and future users to remotely access one of my 3 desktop computers?
I do want to restrict the future remote user access to certain files. How might I do that on a computer that someone uses that does not have limited access to files?
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If you want to limit them access to files then you use NTFS file permissions to limit them access. Create a user for them to login with and grant them access to files accordingly.

The most secure way to remote in would be to setup a VPN to your Network first and then have them remote into the computers after establishing a VPN connection.
 

brainwave89

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Thanks icmpechome! Great article.

Is there a particluar VPN software that anyone would recommend using for a business. I've heard good things about HamachiX. Thanks.
 
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http://www.sans.org/reading_room/whitepapers/vpns/1459.php will give you information about OpenVPN which is a good solution for a permanent TLS based site to site or business VPN.
I use Hamachi for day to day VPN like accessing a computer remotely or helping someone with their computer over the Internet. It uses a server so it is less secure than the normal direct VPN service but it bypasses any firewalls, nat devices and such because all computers connecting to the virtual network make a request to a central computer controlled by Hamachi and are then connected. HamachiX is the OS-X front end. If you are using XP then you want to check out LogMeIn Hamachi.
 
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