Thin Client Definition

KZero Staff
Oct 19, 2023

A thin client is a computer that runs applications and data from a central server; therefore, it lacks processing power or storage space and is less vulnerable to cyber attacks. Thin clients are usually used in virtual desktop infrastructure environments, meaning the user’s desktop is hosted on the server, and the thin client works as a display and input device. They are used to access various applications and data, including web-based applications, email, and file sharing.

Examples of Thin Clients

Below are examples of think clients:

  • Thick clients: More potent than thin clients, they can run some applications locally but still connect to a server for some resources.
  • Zero clients: The most basic form of thin client has no local storage or processing power, which makes them rely entirely on the server for everything.

Thin clients, such as schools, hospitals, and government agencies, are used in organizations where security is a priority.

How to Avoid Cyberattacks on Thin Clients

As noted, thin clients are less likely to suffer cyberattacks, but that does not make them immune. Below are ways to avoid cyberattacks:

  • Updated software
  • Strong passwords
  • Grant access only to authorized users
  • Use a firewall to protect the server from unauthorized access
  • Always monitor for suspicious activity
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