Fuss no more: securely access VNC from outside the network

Navigating beyond borders or seas, today's businesses thrive in a landscape unconfined by the office or home walls. As companies adapt to this new dynamic, Virtual Network Computing (VNC) emerges as a practical tool to bridge different networks. While VNC is convenient, using it solo isn't enough – it calls for extra security measures to protect against potential threats. That's where NordLayer steps in, enhancing your VNC experience with assured security, keeping your network well-guarded & robust.

Virtual Network Computing security


What is Virtual Network Computing (VNC)?

It is a system that enables remote computer control. VNC uses a simple client-server model, allowing users to operate hardware from a remote server. With this model, users can observe the operating system, run programs, and access connected devices like printers and external drives, providing a seamless experience for remote & local operators with a strong internet connection.

Virtual Network Computing Explained


And how does VNC work?

VNC employs the Remote Frame Buffer protocol (RFB) to establish graphical desktop-sharing capabilities, transmitting keyboard and mouse inputs between computers over a network. It operates across multiple GUI-based operating systems and Java, allowing multiple clients to connect to a VNC server simultaneously. Popular applications of VNC include remote technical support and accessing work files from home computers or vice versa. 

For businesses, VNC serves two main functions: enabling long-distance technical support and facilitating remote working by providing complete access to office desktops without software or permission restrictions.

 Virtual Network Computing schema - how it works


Is VNC secure?

It largely depends on the specific software used and the protective measures taken. Despite its convenience, VNC can introduce risks due to inconsistent encryption levels and usage on insecure networks. Understanding these vulnerabilities is paramount when using VNC for remote data access.

VNC access from external sources can introduce vulnerabilities, potentially compromising the security of your data.


Most common scenarios for VNC utilization 

VNC is a critical tool enabling remote work, but it can pose significant risks without proper security. Enter NordLayer: enhancing VNC with robust protection for a seamless, secure experience. Achieving the balance between utility and safety has never been this effortless.

With NordLayer

  • Remote PC work

    By leveraging Smart Remote Access, you can forge secure VPN connections between your network and external devices, thereby simplifying the integration of remote workers.

  • Access to virtual desktops (DaaS, VDI, hosting)

    NordLayer's suite of security solutions empowers modern businesses to safeguard their workforce regardless of location, ensuring secure access to crucial applications and resources.

  • Remote file transfer

    With Smart Remote Access, you can securely share files of any size between servers and connected devices within a virtual LAN. This ensures seamless and safe transfer of data, fostering smooth business operations.

  • Remote technical support

    Our solution helps IT administrators utilize third-party tools to initiate a secure VNC session in conjunction with Smart Remote Access. This ensures safe control of another device as needed.

  • Business Continuity Processes (BCP) 

    NordLayer's Smart Remote Access reinforces Business Continuity Processes (BCP) by establishing secure, virtual LAN connections, enabling efficient, safe file sharing across diverse device locations.

Without NordLayer

  • Remote PC work

    Some organizations allow employees to access their workstations remotely via VNC. However, without sufficient safeguards, these connections become prime targets for malicious actors to track user actions.

  • Access to virtual desktops (DaaS, VDI, hosting)

    In a sly maneuver called hyperjacking, cyber attackers can use malware to seize control of the hypervisor, stealthily gaining access to all resources and permissions linked to the server.

  • Remote file transfer

    VNC's file transfer feature is widely used, yet without adequate protection, this process can be compromised. Unauthorized parties may intercept and misuse the information, leading to potentially disastrous consequences.

  • Remote technical support

    VNC is a popular solution for resolving technical issues due to its convenience. However, granting network access to a third party inherently introduces additional security considerations.

  • Business Continuity Processes (BCP) 

    VNC proves indispensable for remote access in dispersed work setups or during unexpected events. Still, this broad access can heighten cybersecurity risks if not diligently secured, offering possible entry points for unauthorized users.


Enhance your VNC security with NordLayer's Smart Remote Access

Designed for the modern enterprise, Smart Remote Access encrypts your VNC data tunnels, facilitates secure file sharing, and enables unrestricted access to your systems, irrespective of location. This solution breaks free from the confines of traditional LAN, ensuring optimized business operations without compromising security.

Secure VNC with NordLayer


Benefits of using NordLayer for Virtual Network Computing

Traffic encryption

Traffic encryption

We deliver fortified security for VNC operations by cloaking all data transfers and network activities through a secure tunnel. With NordLayer's advanced cryptographic measures, we keep network activity undetectable, balancing rigorous protection with optimal speed and user experience. 

IP masking

IP masking

With this feature, you can adopt a new online identity, effectively concealing your real IP address. This impedes malicious actors from tracking your activities or discerning your physical location, fortifying your internet privacy.

Secure Remote Access

Secure Remote Access

NordLayer's Secure Remote Access approach is the vital digital gateway to unimpeded productivity, regardless of location. It facilitates easy access to networks, applications, and files while maintaining stringent data security measures. It's like an unyielding shield for sensitive data, securing your virtual interactions and ensuring processes run seamlessly and safely.

IP allowlisting

IP allowlisting

It allows you to assert granular control over your network access, sidestepping firewall impediments. It permits access only to a defined set of IP addresses, effectively enforcing Zero Trust policies. This feature sharpens your remote access control and bolsters your organization's cloud security, facilitating a more secure, streamlined operation.


How to enable Secure Remote Access to secure your VNC?

With NordLayer, protecting your Virtual Network Computing takes less than 1 minute. Just a few clicks and you’re safe & sound, even from another part of the globe. 

Step 1 - Open Control Panel, navigate to security configurations, add gateway.

Step 1

Open our Control Panel & navigate to “Settings – Security configurations.” Under Smart Remote Access, click “Add gateways.”

Step 2 - choose Virtual Private Gateway and click enable

Step 2

In the pop-up, choose a Virtual Private Gateway and click on “Enable.”

Enable smart remote access

Step 3

Enjoy the secured network as Smart Remote Access is linked to the gateway! 

Strengthen your organization’s network security with NordLayer

Strengthen your organization’s network security with NordLayer

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Frequently asked questions

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) and Virtual Private Networking (VPN) serve distinct purposes, although they sound similar. VNC allows for remote computer control, enabling users to operate it as if they were sitting directly in front of it. This includes access to resources like printers and network drives available on the remote machine. Conversely, a VPN doesn't provide a remote desktop. Instead, it connects your computer to a remote network, allowing you to access its resources from your own desktop. In essence, while a VPN incorporates your computer into a remote network, VNC enables viewing and control of a remote computer. VNC facilitates remote working but doesn't offer the same level of privacy and security inherent in a VPN, such as the end-to-end encryption provided by NordLayer. These tools can, however, work effectively in tandem for a secure remote-working infrastructure.