Accessing Raspberry Pi services via the Internet

Raspberry Pi and Windows

Users running Windows 7 or higher might be interested to know that it is possible to access the graphical interface of the Raspberry Pi through the remote desktop protocol (RDP). For this method to work, you should first prepare the Rasp Pi by installing the corresponding package:

$ sudo apt-get install xrdp

The remainder of the procedure is the same as with SSH – up to the point at which you define the service. Here, you should enter xrdp as the protocol name and 3389 for the port. Then, you can finish the setup.

Next, you will receive a line that looks like when you start the new service in your Weaved account. Under Windows, this can be entered in the connections settings of the RDP client. After the connection has been established, you should confirm the security question. When logging in via XRDP, you should enter the name and password of the Raspberry Pi. A final mouse click on OK takes you to the Rasp Pi's graphical interface.

Security Using VPN

Services originating in the US do not always have the best reputation for security in today's world. Among other things, these services have experienced many breaches, so I asked the developers of Weaved to explain their security model.

Weaved works as a Level 3 Private Overlay VPN [9]. This means that the provider knows nothing about customer paths or the content that has been transmitted. The service merely creates a secure point-to-point connection between routers. Additionally, the connected services are cloaked, thereby remaining invisible even during scans performed inside the LAN. The company points out that data privacy provisions applicable to the service are oriented to the US legal system [10].

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