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The Dangers of Cheap RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)

Consumers and companies are taking advantage of the proliferation of remote desktop protocol (RDP) to access content, save data, proxy web surf, use different programs, computer more information and access partner’s computers. However, there is a real danger in skimping on RDP technology. People that use cheap RDP face a number of risks that can have a large impact on their operations.

1. Viruses

One of the biggest dangers of using free RDP client software is that chance that you will download a virus. The virus may steal your data, shut down your computer or install a host of unpleasant advertisements. Worst of all, the virus could hold your computer hostage until you pay a ransom through an anonymous bitcoin payment. The viruses can burrow deep into the operating system so that it is challenging or impossible to locate and extract them.

In fact, the viruses may end up costing much more in repair than an average priced RDP solution.  Those more established RDP solutions are virus free and easy to install without any fear of infiltration.

2. Reduce RAM

Accessing another computer through an RDP may have a significant effect on your own computer. In fact, it may have long-term consequences of slowing down RAM and operations. While accessing other computers might be useful for web surfing and data storage, it may not be worth harming the long-term performance of your computer. Otherwise, it might make sense to just purchase a new machine.

3. Inter-Operability Issues

Some cheap or low-cost RDP providers are not compatible with other systems. For example, iOS may not be compatible with every RDP provider. Similarly, Linux is not necessarily the most widely used operating system and may be hard to find an RDP that fits.

Even when the operating system is compatible, the version may not be correct. Windows 10 is now installed on millions of computers, but it is a minority of the whole ecosystem of Windows machines. iOS upgrades its system every two years with a new animal and may not operate well with a free RDP.

Lastly, free RDPs often have bugs because administration is lax. So even if the operating system is supposed to work, the result may be freezing or chronic defects in the operation of the RDP. These operability issues are extremely annoying and time consuming to discover. They waste precious energy when a more compatible solution is available.

4. Credential Access

Working with partner computers, you will need to provide secure access credential. Poorly done RDP systems will either block the credentials of legitimate entrants due to bugs, or allow anyone access without password protection at all. Neither of these results is positive for the users of the RDP.

RDP’s that lack sound security might as well be on open WiFi or completely public. Users have to be extremely careful about storing sensitive data when using cheap RDPs because they have a high likelihood of being stolen. For that reason corporate users always invest in high quality RDP systems with multi-level encryption and password verification.

5. Limited Storage

Lastly, low-cost RDPs have small amounts of storage available for users. Without the necessary capacity, the utility of RDPs are sharply limited. Both individuals and corporations that are using RDPs for increased calculations or to access particular information need adequate storage. For that reason, a cheap RDP with miniscule memory is of limited use.

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