But checking all methods takes quite some time and if I remember correctly there always appears a window to enter the windows domain, username and password and it doesn't even get to single password. And therefore we're faster changing it manually.
Checking here means "go through the list in the order of priority, and select the first enabled authentication method". If 'Auto' is set and Windows Security is enabled on the Host, it will never offer to use the Single password authentication, because the latter is at the bottom of the list.
If you have multilpe auth methods enabled on the Host, but still want to use Single password for some connections, you should explicitly select this method in the dropdown menu in connection properties.
What the 'Auto' setting does in connection properties -> Authentication is that it tries all authentication methods in the following order:
Custom (self-hosted) server security Windows security RU security Single password
I.e. once the Viewer determines that the authentication method being checked is available, it uses it. That means that if you have multiple auth methods enabled, the ones that are higher in the list are used first.
For example, if you have Win Security and Single password enabled, Win Security will always be used. If you want to explicitly use a certain authentication method all the time, you should select it in the list.
Why can't we just set a default authentication method? For IP and Hostnames it should default to windows security and when we try to connect to a Internet ID it should pick single password.
That indeed makes a good suggestion for inclusion in our wish list. The ability to choose a default authentication method depending on the connection type used, that is.
Currently we have to add the Internet ID to the address book and then right click and set it to single password every time.
You are absolutely right saying that VPN is another realm and a huge project on its own. Answering your question about security - absolutely all traffic that Remote Utilities sends and receives is TLS-secured, there are no exceptions. The type of license makes no difference in this respect.
It's only bad when I forget to close the connection when finished
If you navigate to connection properties -> Additional properties, you can enable the 'Log off connection on disconnect' option. If you close the active Full Control window - which is probably what you do when you finish task - the program will also log you off from the remote PC. Currently, because you are still being logged on to the remote PC even after an active session, the alert message is shown.
05.02.2024---10:40:59:544 34 Remote Utilities - Host 70220 is started. GMT Windows 10.0 64bit 05.02.2024---10:40:59:936 96 Relay node: OK ID: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx; Port: 5655; Try count: 1 05.02.2024---10:41:01:000 96 Relay node redirect: OK. Relay redirect. To: nn.nn.nn.nnn 05.02.2024---10:41:01:644 96 Relay node: OK ID: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx; Port: 5655; Try count: 1
You need not worry. These lines only tell that your Host has successfully connected to our server relay infrastructure and is in the 'listening' mode. If it were an unauthorised connection, there would be for example this:
Remote screen connection. Started.
FTP connection. Started.
depending on the chosen connection mode.
Have changed Access numbers and passwords to be sure.
Thank you for your message. Exactly how old are the Hosts? This 'Simple update' method was only introduced starting a certain minor release in version 6.x and may not work for Host versions earlier than that, unfortunately.
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