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Windows 7: Port Fwd setup for 3389 on router-MANY failed unathorized attempts

06 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Port Fwd setup for 3389 on router-MANY failed unathorized attempts


I use port forwarding on port 3389 on my home router so I can remote to my PC from wherever I am. I have some concerns about the amount of unauthorized log on attemps that are present in the security section of event viewer on my home PC. Obviously someone is scanning for open ports, and from what I can see none of the attempts were successful at logging in, but I'm wondering what approach I should take to hide the presence of this open port?

I realize I could use a different port for RDP instead of the traditional 3389, but if anyone is scanning they would still see it?

I'm open to any suggestions.

Thank you

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06 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Another option I was thinking about would be to set up an incoming VPN in win 7 Pro, and then once connected to the VPN from where I am, I could RDP to the internal IP of my PC?. Thoughts?
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07 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, BackTrack Linux 5 R2, Windows XP

Definitely go with the VPN option. Opening port 3389 to the internet is just asking for trouble! I have a PPTP VPN connection set up to my home network and just forward port 1723 for the connection. It's tricky to set up at first but once you get it it's solid, although not 100% secure--but WAY more secure than having port 3389 open to the public.
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