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Main screen of AnyDesk
Main screen of AnyDesk
Developer(s)AnyDesk Software GmbH Germany
Stable release(s) [±]
Windows4.2.3 / [1]
macOS4.2.0 / [2]
Linux4.0.0 / [3]
Free BSD2.9.1 / [4]
Raspberry Pi2.9.4 / [5]
Android4.2.0 / [6]
iOS2.7.2 / [7]
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Android, iOS
TypeRemote desktop software, Remote administration

AnyDesk is a proprietary remote desktop tool distributed by AnyDesk Software GmbH. The software program facilitates remote access to personal computers running the host application, which can be installed on Windows, macOS, Linux and FreeBSD. AnyDesk allows users to access said computers both from personal computers and from iOS and Android mobile devices.[8][9][10][11]


AnyDesk Software GmbH was founded in 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.[10] In May 2018, AnyDesk secured 6.5 million Euro funding in a Series A round led by EQT Ventures, the venture capital financing arm of the Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners.[11][12]


AnyDesk uses TLS / AES to encrypt connections. In case clients are located within the same network and a direct connection can be established, end-to-end encryption is available for sessions [13]. Additionally, whitelisting of incoming connections is possible.[14]

Malicious use[edit]

Due AnyDesk's full admin rights on remote and unattended machines and the limited identification requirements (no personal data required for downloading, distributing and installing[15]), there is an increasing number of malicious use reports specifically related to AnyDesk.

Bundling with ransomware[edit]

In May 2018, the Japanese cybersecurity firm Trend Micro discovered that cybercriminals bundled a new ransomware variant with AnyDesk, possibly as an evasion tactic masking the true purpose of the ransomware while it performs its encryption routine.[16][17][18]

Technical support scams[edit]

Scammers are using AnyDesk and similar remote desktop software to obtain full access the victims computer.[19][20][21] For these scams, people are called, either at random or from a list, by criminals claiming to represent a computer support service which has identified the victim's computer as being infected by malware, most often using the name of companies such as Microsoft or Apple. The victim then is asked to download and install AnyDesk. After installation, the scammer asks the victim for the access credentials to AnyDesk. After access is obtained, the attackers can infect the computer with or delete and copy personal files, private information, banking data, phone numbers, pictures among other sensitive data. Also other variants of exploits exist. As a general rule, users should be cautious installing remote support software requested on unsolicited calls and never should provide access information to people they do not know.[22][22]

In 2017, the UK based ISP TalkTalk banned AnyDesk and similar software from all its networks to protect its users from scammers, cold calling victims and talking them into giving access to their computer.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Download AnyDesk 4.2.3". Softpedia. 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ "macOS – AnyDesk". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Linux - AnyDesk". AnyDesk. 25 September 2018.
  4. ^ "FreeBSD - AnyDesk". AnyDesk. 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Raspberry Pi - AnyDesk". AnyDesk. 25 September 2018.
  6. ^ "AnyDesk remote PC/Mac control". GooglePlay. Google. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  7. ^ "AnyDesk on the App Store". App Store. Apple. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  8. ^ "AnyDesk 4.2.2 Free Remote Access Software Tool Review". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  9. ^ "The Fast Remote Desktop Application – AnyDesk". Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  10. ^ a b "AnyDesk verspricht PC-Fernsteuerung in Echtzeit". (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  11. ^ a b "AnyDesk scores €6.5M for its remote desktop software – TechCrunch". Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  12. ^ "EQT Ventures' investment in AnyDesk". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  13. ^ "Security - AnyDesk Help Center". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  14. ^ "Access and Session Requests - AnyDesk Help Center". AnyDesk Help Center. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  15. ^ "Features – AnyDesk". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  16. ^ "Legitimate Application AnyDesk Bundled with New Ransomware Variant - TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog". 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  17. ^ "WanaCrypt Ransomware – 202 N Van Buren Rd Ste E Eden, NC 27288". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  18. ^ "AnyDesk Exploited to Spread New Ransomware". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  19. ^ "As social engineering activities increase buyer beware of tech support scams". Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  20. ^ "How to avoid being a tech support scam victim | thinkbroadband". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  21. ^ "02085258899 - tech support scam (using, and". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  22. ^ a b "What Should You Do About the Windows Tech Support Scam?". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  23. ^ "ISP customer data breach could turn into supercharged tech support scams". Naked Security. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2018-08-06.

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