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DWService is now more secured !

As remote working has become the new normal thing to do, remote desktop solutions are getting widely adopted around the world. However, it also means that the number of potential targets increase for hackers. So we decided to strengthen the security of the DWService client.

Previously, one only had to install the DWAgent on a machine to access it from any computer. The agent was running in the background, ready to listen for an event, ready to be triggered. This is perfectly fine when you try to access your own computer. You can instantly control it with a single click.

Unattended access settings

However, there are many use cases for DWService. One of them is customer support. And this means that there is actually someone sitting behind the remote desktop that you try to access. That person may be an employee of a company working on sensitive, private data. And of course, that person will not want someone to randomly access his or her computer at any time to run some maintenance scripts or proceed to some software updates.

DWService Security settings

In the latest version of the DWAgent, we have introduced a new optional feature called Unattended access. If you choose to allow unattended access, then nothing changes on both sides. However, When the setting is set to No, any incoming connection will trigger a pop-up message on the remote screen. The user will have to manually accept that connection.

DWService Security settings

An extra DWAgent password

In order to ensure an even more secured connection, we have added an option to set up a specific password to communicate with an agent. If that settings is on, anyone who wants to connect to a remote Mac or PC will need to know that password before accessing the remote desktop or the remote files for instance.

DWService Security settings

We believe this method can be very comforting for a company that works hand in hand with a support service provider. In theory, only a specific consultant in charge of providing support for that company will be able to access those remote machines.

DWService Security settings

Let’s add that this extra password is stored on the DWAgent side and NOT on our server. This means that even if your DWService account has been compromised, there is still an extra password to protect your machines.

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6 replies on “DWService is now more secured !”

Regarding the access with or without popup..

The french translation is rather unclear
“Accès sans surveillance” (access witout …”monitoring” ?
A more precise translation would be
“Acccès sans notification” (access without notification == popup)

Anyway, good improvement…

These are, no doubt, great improvements. Thanks. However, please consider going even further on the path. It would help if the agent could have more passwords defined. The use case is if you have more service providers or if you need to access the machine by own IT staff and external service provider as well and you don’t want to share the agent’s password between them. Or allow assigning passwords on shares not only to logins and links, but also to contacts as well. Meaning that the registered user accessing the share would have to know the password similar way an unregistered user needs to when using share’s link or login. The problem is that you will never know how strong is the password of the registered user you are providing share to. So the additional password would give a better protection in case the registered user whom you gave access to your shares is compromised.

Great News! Since my old account has been causing errors so with this feature I can know which one because I had my Mid 2012 MacBook Pro with a broken screen. I would like this feature to carry on, Keep it up DWService. 🙂

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