Is Chrome Remote Desktop safe?
I and my daughter run a small business together and my daughter used Chrome Remote Desktop to access my computer for work purposes. After finishing work, she shut down and went officially normally. It seems that all things go well. But I’m still worried about the security of the Google extension. Is Chrome Remote Desktop safe enough? Anyone can tell me?
How safe is Chrome Remote Desktop?
For normal users, Chrome Remote Desktop is secure enough. During the remote session over Chrome Remote Desktop, all data will be sent directly from the client to the host, unless in some special circumstances. That is to say, even Google can’t see the transferred data. And it adopts an encrypted combination protocol and AES encryption algorithm to protect data security.
▪ SSL (Security Socket Layer) encrypted communication protocol is a solution for many well-known enterprises to protect the security of sensitive data transmission. It was originally proposed by Netscape and achieve secure transmission by constructing a secure channel between the browser and the Web server. It runs above the TCP/IP layer and below the application layer. It provides encrypted data channels for applications. Usually, it involves multiple algorithms, including symmetric and asymmetric algorithms.
▪ AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), also known as Rijndael encryption in cryptography, is a block encryption standard adopted by the US federal government. Among symmetric encryption algorithms, AES has the highest encryption strength.
However, AES is a symmetric encryption algorithm; regardless of the bit width, its security strength is inferior to asymmetric algorithms, like RAS, SM2, ETC. Then, as a business user, you’ll definitely be conceded about the security risk of Chrome Remote Desktop. In that case, you can employ remote access software that adopts an encrypted algorithm with higher security strength. Or you can use some easy ways to improve the security of CRD after setting up Chrome Remote Desktop correctly.
Two ways to improve the security of Chrome Remote Desktop
Two easy and useful ways to make CRD more secure are listed below and please keep reading.
Way 1. Use a strong password or enable 2-Step Verification for your Google account
Strong passwords are easy to understand, that is to make your Google account password complex enough, you can consider a combination of numbers and letters, and also develop the habit of changing your password regularly. As for 2-Step Verification, you can turn it on by referring to the following steps:
Since you need to log into your Google account before using CRD, the security of the Google account can greatly affect the security of CRD. Thus, you can improve the security of Google account to make your CRD safer by using a strong password and two-factor authentication.
A strong password is to make your Google account password complex enough, like a combination of numbers and letters. At the same time, it’s important to change the password regularly.
To enable 2-Step Verification for your Google account, refer to the steps below:
Step 1. Open the Chrome browser, go to Google account Security interface and click “2-Step Verification”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, click “Get Started” and follow the prompts to enable 2-Step Verification.
After setting a strong password and turning on 2-Step Verification for your Google account, the security of it will be further improved. That means the security of CRD will be improved as well.
Way 2. Set a long & complicated PIN
In the process of setting up Chrome Remote Desktop, you will see a PIN code setting prompt of "at least 6 digits". At this time, you should try to set a longer PIN code to improve security.
When setting up Chrome Remote Desktop PIN, you will at least 6 numbers prompt; at this point, you should set a longer PIN code to improve the security.
If you have set CRD PIN, you can find the connected remote device in the “Remote Device” and click the “pencil” icon to edit the PIN.
Way 3. Connect through VPN
A virtual private network (VPN) uses advanced encryption and tunneling technology to create a secure Internet connection between the user and the network. This means that before remotely accessing your computer, you must first connect to a secure private network, it can protect your computer from network attacks to the greatest extent.
Before using Chrome Remote Desktop, turning on the VPN connection can further improve security and protect your data and information. If you are a business user, it is recommended to use this method to improve security.
Free & safe alternative to CRD for Windows
If you are still worried about the security of using Chrome Remote Desktop, you can try this free & more secure remote access software, AnyViewer. The tool can be applied to multiple Windows operating systems, including Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2 and Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7. It adopts ECC (elliptic curve encryption) algorithm, which isn’t inferior to the AES algorithm of CRD and is even stronger.
Download AnyViewer, install and launch it on both remote computer and the local computer and see how it works.
- Permanent security code: The security code set by the user and can be used for permanent connection, similar to the fixed PIN code of Chrome Remote Desktop but it can be changed or disabled at any time.
- Temporary security code: The security code is automatically generated by the software. Every time you restart AnyViewer, the temporary security code will change, similar to the temporary PIN code of CRD. But there is no time expiration and it can be disabled at any time.
How to set a permanent security code for the remote computer
On the remote computer, in the main interface of AnyViewer, click “Settings” > > “Recipient” > “Set my security code”. Then, set the permanent security code for the remote computer and click “OK”.
Note: It’s recommended to use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers to improve security.
How to enable temporary security code for the remote PC
By default, the temporary security code is enabled. You can go to Settings > “Recipient” and check whether the option “Allow temporary security code” is enabled. If it is enabled, you can see a temporary security code on the man interface of AnyViewer.
Then on the local PC, you can remote into the remote computer by the following two steps:
Step 1. Input the device ID of the remote computer and click “Connect”.
Step 2. Then, choose “Input Security Code”, type the temporary security code or the permanent security code of the remote computer and click “OK” to establish a remote connection.
During the remote session over AnyViewer, you can adjust the resolution and image quality flexibly. What’s more, it’s available to complete corresponding operations by clicking options like “Lock”, Log off, Restart, Task Manager, and so on.
Is Chrome Remote Desktop safe? Considered SSL encrypted communication protocol and AES encryption algorithm is used, it is secure enough for most users. Of course, you can take one or more measures aforementioned to improve the security of CRD. Or you use a CRD alternative, AnyViewer, that used ECC algorithm to start a remote session.