How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop connections

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As some readers noted in response to last week’s editorial about Windows 7 Remote Desktop, you can increase security by changing the default port through which RDP connects (normally port 3389). Here’s how:

1.- Open your registry editor and navigate to the following location:
2.- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ TerminalServer \ WinStations \ RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
3.- Click Edit | Modify
4.- In the properties box, click Decimal
5.- Type in the new port number that you want to use (should be a port not in use by any other protocol)
6.- Click OK
7.- Close the registry editor and reboot the computer to apply the change

To connect via Remote Desktop over the Internet to a computer on a non-default port, when you enter the computer name in the Remote Desktop Connection client, add a colon and the port number (for example: Computername:3390).

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