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I want to access my home PC from outside from time to time.

Is it safe to enable port RDP forward on a home router and remote desktop home Windows 8 from a remote location?

Is another layer of SSH or VPN necessary?

Basically I don't want the traffic, especially the authentication information, to be eavesdropped by a third party. Assume the remote PC is safe.

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How would you rdp into a Windows 8 home machine? –  Canadian Luke May 21 '13 at 5:53
Ask Microsoft, is remote desktop software safe to use!!! –  Sepahrad Salour May 21 '13 at 5:56
The question of trust is hard to answer...can you really trust either endpoint? Should your home machine trust a connection from a device which clearly promiscuously touches others, and should you allow your remote device to trust a home machine(s) which most likely has no restrictions and many users. –  packets May 21 '13 at 15:32

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Is it necessary? No. Is it safer? Yes. You can set up a VPN easily, so there really isn't any reason to add the extra layer of security. Follow these directions to create a VPN server on Windows.

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