Improving security with AnyDesk 3.0
by Maria Alonso
Security is our priority
AnyDesk uses TLS 1.2 based encryption, which is also used in online banking. Both ends of a connection are cryptographically verified. This makes it impossible for a stranger to fake your AnyDesk-ID and pretend to be you. So, if you always check the connecting person's AnyDesk-ID, you're on the safe side. Furthermore, you can review the current encryption mode, verification status and client fingerprint by hovering the mouse cursor over the lock icon in the status bar. All connections use AES-128 bit encryption in GCM mode by default. Licensed versions of AnyDesk provide even stronger encryption.
Picking a safe password
If you setup unattended access via AnyDesk, you need to pick a Password for the computer. AnyDesk requires a minimum password length, but does not restrict your password in other ways. For example, you don't need to mix upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Adding more different characters to your password doesn't improve security very much, but it makes your password hard to remember. The result is less security, because users tend to write it on a sticky note next to their computer, reusing passwords, etc. Instead, you can just pick a long password - maybe a sentence with some words, that are deliberately misspelled.
This web comic explains the maths behind password security very well:
Introducing our new feature: Access Control
To start a session, you need the computer’s AnyDesk address. The request must then be confirmed by the computer user before the session is established. The whitelist sets out exactly who is authorised to access your computer. If the whitelist is active, only a pre-defined group of people will be able to connect. This ensures that nobody who isn’t authorised to do so can start a session. The whitelist could contain all the computers in your IT department, for example. Or perhaps just your own personal laptop, so that requests can only be made from there.
Please keep in mind that we are planning to bring you more security features that will allow you more detailed control on who can access which computer.
AnyDesk 3.0 is now available for download at https://anydesk.com/download . This version is currently only available for Windows PCs (Windows XP or higher). MAC and Linux versions will follow.
If you would like to request a free Professional trial, please write us an e-mail at email@example.com