Unattended Access

Security Tab in Settings

See also: Security Settings

AnyDesk provides the solution to agree upon an unattended password, so that the remote client doesn't need to be present to accept a request to enter a session.

Note: AnyDesk also connects to the Lock Screen or LoginScreen prior entering the windows session.

The default setting (no password set in the security options) will not allow unattended connections to your computer. Connection requests must be accepted from the physical console of the client being controlled. In the Main Window, open the Menu and click Settings. Switch to the Security Tab:

Before changing your Security Settings, you have to confirm administrative privileges. Click Unlock Security Settings, confirm the UAC-prompt and continue in the appearing Admin settings window. All settings can now be modified.

  • Enable unattended access
  • Allow other computers to save login information for this computer.

In the Admin Settings Window, a password for unattended access can be set, as well as the option to store a token for each remote client that you entered a password to. This token will enable the remote client to have his requests accepted automatically without the need of typing the unattended access password for subsequent sessions:

Note: If the option to allow other computers to save the login information (via the access token) is not set, remote users always have to type the password manually. The option to "Login automatically from now on" will be disabled on the remote side.

Caution:

The password should be very secure. Anyone knowing the password and your AnyDesk ID has full access to your computer. A password which exceeds at least 12 characters is highly recommended. Future versions of AnyDesk will support two-factor authentication for best security. Always double-check when a third party contacts you and demands your AnyDesk Address. We (AnyDesk Software) will never ask for your ID or password and legitimate companies will never contact you without you having initiated the communication first. In case you are seeking the help of a pc repair service, please make sure you know the vendor. We are planning a feature that will allow companies and individuals to obtain a signed certificate to prove their identity.

Automatic Login

Password Authorization for Unattended Access

After requesting session, the password dialog appears.

Check Login automatically from now on and enter the password. You will not be asked to enter this password in subequent session requests for this client.

  • This feature will only work if the other client has this feature enabled!
  • The Tokens substitute the password and are stored encrypted on both client sides. You can clear the Tokens List by clicking: Clear all Tokens Other clients who could connect automatically will now be asked to type the unattended password again.
  • Remember to also change your password since users who stored your password will still have access.

Security Considerations

  • This feature does not save the password itself. Instead, the remote machine generates a specific token. This token can only be used by an authorized client. A client can only get authorization if the correct password was entered there once.
  • There is no way to get access to your password in clear text, even if someone should get full access to a client which has enabled the feature.
  • You can revoke the permission to connect to a desktop at any time in the security tab by either disabling unattended access or resetting the tokens.
  • Changing the password to the same password will also invalidate all tokens. This is useful if you entered a password on another client, but this client does not know the password itself.
  • You can disable the feature to allow login information (the password) by unticking the Checkbox. Already existing tokens will remain in this case, but no new tokens can be accepted.