CodeProof, our best pick for Android mobile device management, is a standalone mobile device management platform that secures and binds not only a network's mobile devices, but nearly all endpoints of a company's network. Encryption and strict policy options secure your endpoints, whether they're your organizations or your employee's personal devices. You can hold tight control over your company's data and applications, while respecting your employee's privacy.
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CodeProof can tailor make your company's platform for any number of devices and use cases, and features every essential MDM tool to keep your company's data and applications safe. Integration with the Google/Android framework allows for smooth enrollment and tight control over the popular operating system (OS). Helpful features and tools allows companies to utilize this platform for several different use cases.
As a versatile and outspread mobile OS, Android devices can be tricky to wrangle under a unified mobile device management platform. CodeProof has several tools and features that make it a good fit for small businesses that primarily deal with Android devices. Codeproof works with Android Marshmallow (Android 6.0) and newer, supporting a wide range of different devices, including direct integration with Samsung and LG hardware.
Thanks to Google Play Store integration, CodeProof allows you to download, install and uninstall applications automatically to Android devices without it physically being in your hand. You can also set up an enterprise app store, making a version of the Play Store that contains only approved applications for download.
Integration is also possible with Chrome, giving you authority to allow or block certain websites on the browser. Application blacklisting will make sure they can't use another web browser. CodeProof also provides its own web browser for even more strict and secure internet use. This application allows you to filter web content based on keywords in the content or the URL. You can blacklist and whitelist websites entirely and even block advertisements.
Plans and Pricing
CodeProof is available through two plans: a Professional plan and an Enterprise plan. The Professional plan, which includes all the essential MDM features for multiple device types is $29.99 per year per device. The Enterprise version provides more API and SDK access and priority customer support, for $49.99 per year per device. There are no upfront setup fees or contracts, making this an easy platform to start and stop using. This platform scales with you as you grow and add devices.
CodeProof allows you to enforce your mobile device policies in a variety of avenues, keeping you informed about the state of your data, while keeping your employees' privacy intact. Company data stored on the devices is encrypted and can only be accessed through a user's unique password. The user interface allows you to set multiple rule-based enforcement policies as well as giving you the authority to manually enact management actions. These actions can apply to both your company devices and your employees' if you have a BYOD policy. One such policy is enforcing a strong password requirement with a certain amount and variety of characters.
CodeProof allows you to remotely lock-down devices, either completely or by app. This is useful if a device is stolen or lost, or if you want to blocking off certain apps that aren't work appropriate or adversely affect productivity. In the interface you can also blacklist and whitelist apps on company devices to keep them strictly for work and not for leisure.
Another common security feature is a remote wipe. This is normally recommended as a last resort if a device is lost, since you can also lock the device until found. However, if you suspect it is stolen and the device contains sensitive company data, you can remotely delete data specific to certain apps. In BYOD cases, you can only delete company-specific data, while leaving the personal data intact. This is also necessary for when an employee leaves the company and can no longer have access to the company's apps, online accounts and data. For the extra cautious, you can schedule periodic remote data wipes.
Policies can be built around geofencing, which grants you control over a device's certain features depending on their location. Campus camera blocking allows you to lock-out a device's camera functionality when it enters certain perimeters that you set, allowing you to prevent images of unreleased projects and files from being leaked. Time restrictions are also possible, allowing and blocking certain device functions during certain times day.
CodeProof allows you to exert great control over your Android devices and set several management policies and rules. With these powerful controls you can make sure your devices are being used only for productive, work-related reasons. These management controls can be set from your admin console and remotely pushed out to the affected devices at any time.
Mobile Expense Management
If your devices are on limited call, text and data plans, you can enforce the usage of these features to make sure your users aren't running up the bill. You can limit the amount of data usage, number of calls and number of SMSs that a device uses on a basis of per day, per week or per month. This allows you reign in the usage of corporate devices and help ensure you're not going over your business plan's limits.
You can also restrict these functions entirely by turning off phone service and data, and enabling only emergency calls. You can also enable and disable features that use up more data and minutes such as roaming and device tethering. The program can also generate reports on phone usage, detailing calls, call times, phone numbers dialed and locations.
Hardware/Software Component Management
Certain device functions can be enabled and disabled, restricting them only certain uses and making sure they're not connected unauthorized networks or hardware. Restrictions you can enable include disabling Bluetooth functionality, the camera, USB connections, clipboard functions, microphone and screen capture. One important functionality to disable is the ability to perform a factory reset. Doing so prevents employees or thieves from disabling the device's other MDM features such as location tracking.
Using a device's GPS capability, administrators can track the location of a device if the feature is activated. From the console you can view a device's latest reported location including at what time with its longitude and latitude or physical address represented on Google Maps. You can also export a location history spreadsheet. This is a useful feature for tracking down a lost device or giving to law enforcement to find a stolen device.
CodeProof has a kiosk mode for Android devices, which allows you to set a device to run only one or few applications. This is useful when using devices for a single purpose and you don't want them used for anything else, such as using tablets and phones for inventory, as a POS interface, or as a demo device. When a device is in this mode, it displays only the necessary applications and can even be customized with your company's branding. You can disable the taskbar, settings and notification bar. The device's full features can be reenabled from the admin console.
Customer service for CodeProof is available through phone and email. Our experience with customer support was mostly positive. The representative was friendly and answered our questions about the service with direct answers. They wanted to work with us to understand our current situation and MDM needs, and how it could be improved with their platform.
CodeProof's website features a few resources for learning how the platform works with a list of how-to-articles and some how-to-videos demonstrating the platform's main features. We found these lists to be sparse and not always as comprehensive as other support sections. The articles list is in no particular order, so the only way to find a specific topic is to search for it or browse by broad categories.
CodeProof's stack of features is clearly prioritized for security and data protection. It lacks many productivity features that are common with other MDM and EMM platforms such as proprietary, secure applications (with the exception of a secure web browser). Another common feature missing is a single sign-on tool to keep online account passwords secure and make logging in to applications more convenient for employees.
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