Configure Android Device Security Settings

Applies To: WatchGuard EPDR, WatchGuard EPP

In an Android device settings profile, you configure settings to protect Android tablets and smart phones against threats, malware, and theft.

Screen shot of WatchGuard Endpoint Security, Android device settings

To configure Android Device settings:

  1. From the top navigation bar, select Settings.
  2. From the left pane, select Android Device.
  3. Select an existing security settings profile to edit, copy an existing profile, or in the upper-right corner of the window, click Add to create a new profile.
    The Add Settings or Edit Settings page opens.
  4. Enter a Name and Description for the profile, if required.
  5. To only update devices over Wi-Fi, click Updates and enable the toggle.
  6. Configure these settings, as required.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Select the profile and assign recipients, if required.
    For more information, see Assign a Settings Profile.

Configure Antivirus Settings for Android Devices

In the Antivirus section, you enable permanent antivirus protection. Permanent antivirus protection is a traditional security module used to defend organizations against the infection vectors most commonly used by hackers. This module leverages locally stored signature file as well as real-time queries to Collective Intelligence.

You can also enable WatchGuard Endpoint Security to scan apps before they are installed and add exclusions for files you do not want to scan.

  • To configure antivirus settings:
    1. Select Antivirus.

    Screen shot of WatchGuard Endpoint Security, Antivirus settings

    1. To enable Permanent Antivirus Protection, enable the toggle.
    2. To Scan apps from unknown sources before installing them, enable the toggle.
    3. In the Exclusions section, in the text box, type the name of Android packages you want to exclude from antivirus protection (for example, com.example.myapp).

    Configure Anti-Theft Settings for Android Devices

    The anti-theft feature allows you to send actions to target Android devices to prevent data loss or locate them in the event of loss or theft. In the Anti-Theft section, you enable anti-theft protection, including geolocation tracking and "snap the thief" photo features.

    To configure anti-theft settings:

    1. Select Anti-Theft.

    Screen shot of WatchGuard Endpoint Security, Anti-theft protection settings

    1. To enable Anti-Theft Protection, enable the toggle.
    2. In the Behavior section, to Report the device's location, enable the toggle.

      The device sends its GPS coordinates to the WatchGuard Endpoint Security server.
    3. To take a photo from the device after three failed unlock attempts and send the photos by email to a specified address, enable the Take a picture after three failed unlock attempts and email it toggle.
    4. In the text box, type the email addresses you want to receive the photos, separated by a comma.
    5. In the Privacy section, to Allow users to enable private mode, enable the toggle.
      Private mode disables geolocation tracking and "snap the thief" photo features.

    See Also

    Manage Settings Profiles

    Copy a Settings Profile

    Edit a Settings Profile

    Assign a Settings Profile