Remote Client Two-Step Verification

In the modern world with you leaving your digital fingertips everywhere, security has become a major issue lately. A better way to design your systems for security has been suggested by experts. That is the use of an Authentication system so we can have a safer software , appliance or platform to work with. This has been called the two-step to two factor authentication and it helps to keep the account secure, so even if someone has your password and wants to login to your account, they won’t be able to unless you authorize them to do so. This has been a major step up in the computer security industry and nowadays most services offer some form of two-step verification.


Two- Step Verification, What is it?

Two-step verification is a system that allows users to have an extra level of security, when you login somewhere that has two-step authentication enabled, a message will be sent to the original user. This message can be sent via phone, mobile apps, email or even special devices that are called Authenticators. After that, the user has to either provide the code sent to them in the message to the application or website they are logging in to and then they will gain access to it. But as we become more comfortable with new technology new ways emerge to use the previous models. Now you can verify your google account by just answering a prompt on your phone.

Remote Desktop Clients

Two-step Verification, for Remote Desktop Clients

You may have the option to use two-factor authentication for platforms and applications that you use most frequently, but in a work environment with sensitive data, you will need a way to secure the client itself. With the advance of virtual machines and also thin clients, the demand to connect to a virtual or remote desktop has increased in small office and also enterprise settings. Securing these clients has become a challenge with the late ransomware trends and the lurking of information robbers and hackers. That’s a major case for PC clients running on windows. Nowadays you can use active directory to manage the windows clients but, Microsoft doesn’t offer two-step verification on some legacy clients and computers with incompatible licenses. This issue can be solved by installing a software that provides this feature. Sunfirewall provides two methods of two-step authentication amongst many more features that have been discussed elsewhere.

Two-Factor Authentication

Sunfirewall’s Two-Factor Authentication System

SunFirewall is an intuitive piece of software designed for remote desktop clients. Sunfirewall provides remote clients with features to protect themselves from hackers, monitor connections and also the Two-factor authentication system. Sunfirewall’s two-step authentication is designed in two different modules that can be activated separately depending on what level of security you will need on your client. These two methods allow you to set or change client’s passwords based on a system called OTP.
One Time Password Generation

One Time Password Generation in Sunfirewall

The Sunfirewall OTP feature allows the system administrator or the IT staff in charge to enable a system where whenever a client wants to login a new password will be generated and set for them. This feature is used for banking and other high-security operations where the client should be protected, either for having sensitive data on it or having a strict company policy. The one time password system is easy to use for admins because it uses Microsoft's own active directory configurations to set or to disable passwords. Here is how it works:

The admin activates the OTP generation system for a client or all the clients that have Sunfirewall installed on them. This will disable the client’s default password and activate a one time password.


The client that wants to login will have to provide the one time generated password if they want to login to their system. This one time password will be shown to the admins so they can provide it to the users whenever there is a request.


The user after receiving the one time password either via their IT staff or an automated email, can see the new password and login to their client. This password will be active as long as the client is logged on or it can have a time limit.

Second Password Feature

Sunfirewall’s Second Password Feature

Other than the one time password generation feature, SunFirewall has another feature called the Second Password. This handy feature will not disable the previous client’s password, instead it will lock the computer with a software lock. So when you login with your normal password, there will be a request for the second password. This second password can be generated randomly and sent to the IT staff or it can be a permanent password set by the admins. Either way this is another implementation of two-factor authentication that SunFirewall provides. You can select either one or both of these features to provide your remote desktop clients with an extra level of security and bring them up to standards by having a two-step authentication system enabled on them. But Sunfirewall’s features don’t stop here as said before this is one of the many features that you can expect by purchasing Sunfirewall. But you don’t have to buy it to try it, you can download and install it yourself and check it out and see if it fits your organization with the 15 day free trial.
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