If you’re a Windows user, restricting Remote Desktop (RDP) access to your Windows Server when not using a VPN is a crucial step in ensuring server security. Thankfully, the process for restricting RDP access is pretty easy to do.
How to Restrict Remote Desktop Access
To limit RDP access to your server, simply follow the instructions below:
- First, open the Windows Server control panel.
- Next, navigate to System and Security.
- Now, click on Windows Defender Firewall to open the Firewall configuration.
- Next, click on Advanced Settings, and then Inbound Rules.
- Find the rule Remote Desktop – User Mode (TCP-In), then right click on it, and select Properties.
- On the Scope tab, press the Add button under the Remote IP addresses section.
- Finally, to restrict access, add your IP address or an IP address range. If you do not know your IP address you can view it here:
*Note: Be sure to add other IP addresses such as your developer or systems administrator as needed.
- When you’ve finished, click the OK button to finalize your changes.