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How to set up a proxy in RDP for remote connection

Let's start by understanding what RDP is and why using a proxy with RDP can be beneficial. RDP stands for Remote Desktop Protocol, a technology developed by Microsoft that enables remote access to a desktop. It allows you to control a computer from a different location as if you were sitting right in front of it.

Key features provided by RDP on Windows include:

  • Remote Computer Control: This includes launching applications, typing, and controlling the mouse;
  • Data Transfer: You can copy and paste files between your local computer and the remote one;
  • Multi-User Access: Multiple local users can connect to a remote computer simultaneously;
  • Support for Local Resources in a Remote Environment: For example, you can print to a local printer from a remote computer.

Using a proxy with RDP is recommended because it ensures a secure connection and encrypts data during remote work sessions.

Step-by-step guide on how to set up a proxy in RDP

While the built-in Remote Desktop Connection on Windows doesn't directly support setting up a proxy, you can configure a proxy for your entire computer, which will affect all connections, including RDP. This way, when you connect to another PC, your IP address will be changed, and all actions and remote control will be anonymized. One of the simplest methods to integrate a proxy with authentication is using the Proxifier proxy client for RDP Socks or HTTP(S).

  1. Launch the program and select the “Profile” section from the top panel. Choose the first item from the drop-down menu.

  2. Click the “Add” button.

  3. Specify the IP-address and port for the proxy connection, then select the protocol from the drop-down list.

  4. Activate the authentication data fields and enter the username and password for your proxy.

  5. Click on the “Check” button to verify that the proxy is working.

  6. If the test is successful, click “OK” to confirm.

  7. Click “OK” again to save the setting.

  8. The proxy will now appear in the list of available proxies. Click “OK” to apply it.

  9. Go to the “Proxification Rules” section to ensure the proxy applies to all traffic from your PC, including RDP.

  10. Click on the “Add” button.

  11. Set a name for the rule, and select the newly configured proxy from the drop-down menu at the bottom.

  12. Click “OK” to add the rule.

  13. Click “OK” again to complete the setup.

  14. Check if your IP address has changed. If it has, you can start a remote connection anonymously.

Using a proxy with RDP offers several benefits, such as hiding your real IP address from the remote server, bypassing geo-restrictions, and enhancing security by monitoring and filtering traffic passing through your RDP connection.