Mobile Data Policy for Windows 10

Exten is a data policy offering specifically designed for your Windows 10 estate, including always-connected laptops. Enforce acceptable use, eliminate shadow IT and prevent excessive data usage.

A revolution in always-connected workers

After years of evolution in the laptop space, we’re now on the cusp of a revolution. In today’s always on, access from anywhere remote work environment, demand is rising for machines that bring all of the benefits associated with desktop working, coupled with an always-on data connection via an embedded SIM. Like tethering, dongles and other portable connectivity solutions before them, these are designed to enable 24/7 connectivity for your workforce.

The policy challenge for Enterprise IT

Providing unfettered Internet access for your employees presents challenges for your IT team. Users are more likely to access shadow IT such as cloud storage sites exposing your data to risk, more likely to visit inappropriate content that represents a legal liability, and of course with heavy data usage comes ever rising mobile data bills.

UEM … but for mobile data

Gartner switched out its EMM (enterprise mobility management) label in favor of UEM (unified endpoint management) in its market assessment. The change acknowledges the reality of organizations wanting to manage all endpoints in the same way, from desktops running Windows to iPhones running iOS.

Managing mobile data on these devices is no different. Whatever device your employee uses, and whatever network they might be connecting to, wherever they are in the world, your organization must have a reliable way to implement smart, consistent and flexible usage policies.

Acceptable usage

With remote working, the lines between non-business and business use can easily become blurred. Most organizations implement compliance mandated policy controls for acceptable use within the physical office – such as blocks on adult content or gambling. The same organizations are now turning their attention to applying acceptable use for remote working on mobiles and always connected laptops.

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 it. Other services, such as PC syncing, cloud storage auto-backup and background apps, can contribute to expensive data overages. So too can usage of recreational apps, such as video streaming or online gaming.

The lack of understanding and control over how data is being used is 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.


Cap data usage by network

Set smart limits on the amount of data that can be used by each specific network. Powerful whitelisting and blacklisting features mean essential services can still be accessed

Block unwanted or risky apps and services

Set policies that prevent apps and background processes from consuming your cellular data plan, such as cloud storage syncs or system updates

Get usage alerts for both admins and users

Take advantage of a customizable range of alerting features that notify users when they are approaching data limits or if services are draining data quickly

Key features

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