Managing data costs on your Windows devices

Hundreds of millions of devices are currently running Windows 10, by far the most popular desktop operating system on the planet. Many organizations want employees to be able access the web, even when WiFi isn’t available. They use tethering, dongles or embedded SIMs to provide 24/7 connectivity for workers, but managing costs remains a significant challenge.

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Laptops using cellular

After years of evolution in the laptop space, we’re now on the cusp of a revolution. Demand has been rising for machines that bring all of the benefits associated with desktop working, coupled with an always-on data connection powered by an embedded SIM.

Even when using a WiFi-only laptop, companies have enabled mobile working by equipping employees with portable connectivity, typically through the use of dongles and MiFi devices. The challenge for many organizations has been managing the growing and often unpredictable consumption of data that these devices demand.

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UEM … but for mobile data

In 2018, Gartner switched out its EMM (enterprise mobility management) label in favor of UEM (unified endpoint management) in its assessment of the market. This change is designed to acknowledge the reality that organizations have a desire to manage all endpoints in the same way, from desktops running Windows 10 to iPhones running iOS 11.

Managing the mobile data that these devices use should be no different. Whatever device an employee uses, and whatever network they might be connecting to (from 4G to public WiFi), organizations must have a way of implementing smart, consistent and manageable usage policies.

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A guide to managing mobile data with Windows 10

When laptops are connected to tethered devices, metered connections or internal SIMs, large OS updates and other non-critical services can eat up cellular data plans without the user realising or desiring it to. Other services, such as Live Tiles, PC syncing, cloud storage auto-backup and background apps, can contribute to expensive data overages and unwanted costs. So too can usage of recreational apps, such as video streaming or online gaming.

The lack of visibility into how data is being used can be frustrating for both the user and the IT administrator.

The difficulty is that unlike on mobile, where non-essential updates are paused until a WiFi connection is found, machines running Windows 10 do not behave any differently when connected to a 4G network than when on a WiFi hotspot.

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Acceptable usage

With remote working, the lines between personal and business use can easily become blurred. However, if your organization implements policy controls around acceptable use in the office – such as blocks on adult content or gambling – then it follows that a policy should be in place for remote working too. How frequently do employees access inappropriate content while on the go?

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The solution

Wandera can be employed to manage the data usage of any Windows 10 device connected to a metered network, applying powerful controls to get more from their cellular data plans.

It allows administrators to create policies for data usage on a by-network basis. This might mean a different data policy for when a device is connected to a metered connection, such as a tethered hotspot, than when it is connected to a public WiFi network.

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Gartner Market Guide for Mobile Threat Defense Solutions 2018

“Beyond a unified endpoint management (UEM) security add-on, MTD is also used to address use cases such as mobile phishing, bring your own device, app vetting and compliance.”

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