How to Disable Remote Access in Windows 10

Posted on June 12, 2021 - by Shannon McFarland - in Updating Your Security Policies

How to Disable Remote Access in Windows 10

Remote access effectively allows you to control everything on your computer as if you were directly connected to it. In Windows 10, you can do this through the Windows Remote Desktop feature that allows you (or others) to connect to your computer remotely over a network connection.

Unfortunately, hackers can exploit Remote Desktop to gain control of remote systems and install malware or steal personal information. It’s a good idea to keep the remote access feature turned off unless you actively need it. By default, the feature is disabled. Once enabled, however, it’s easy to disable it again.

Windows 10 ships with Remote Desktop, so you do not need to have explicitly installed it. Once installed and set up, disabling it is similar to previous versions of Windows. But now you can use the Cortana search box.

Steps to Disable Remote Access in Windows 10

  1. Type “remote settings” into the Cortana search box.

    Select “Allow remote access to your computer”. This may seem counter-intuitive, but this opens the Control panel dialog for Remote System Properties.

  2. Check “Don’t Allow Remote Connections” to this Computer.

    You’ve now disabled remote access to your computer.


Does your company have a policy about Remote Desktop?

Many companies run their business operations on Windows systems. In fact, if your company has a cybersecurity program in place, there may be a policy in place that forbids the use of remote access.

This kind of security policy or procedure is critical to communicate to employees. You want to protect your customer information or intellectual property from data breaches, which have become alarmingly common.

A comprehensive set of cybersecurity policies is the first step to securing your business against malware or the theft of personal information. You may also find questions about remote access on a vendor security questionnaire sent to your company.

Does your business have policies and procedures to guard against cyberattacks?


Need to Make Your Business More Secure?

Since you’re worried about the security of your computer you should put together a security program that builds a solid security foundation for your organization.

Check out our Security Playbook to learn how you can bolster your overall security position. It provides tips and answers to common questions about implementing an information security program.

About the author

Shannon McFarland is the Director of Product Marketing at Securicy, where she leads marketing strategy and campaigns. Previously she was a journalist, Techstars hackstar, and a marketing consultant. She’s a passionate outdoorist, gardener, an advocate for mental health, a total bookworm, and dog mom. She works remotely from her home in the Boston area.