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MAC Address RandomizationSolved

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1 month ago

Hi, I’ve heard that MAC address randomization is now supported on Android devices managed by Hexnode UEM. Can anybody give me a bit more insight into what this feature does?

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1 month ago
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Hey @Kipp !

MAC address randomization is a feature that helps enhance privacy and security by changing the device’s MAC address. This makes it more difficult for networks and third parties to track your device based on its MAC address.

Here’s a quick overview of options under the MAC address randomization feature:

  • Persistent: The device will use the same random MAC address for a Wi-Fi network even if you forget and reconnect to it. The MAC address only changes after a factory reset.
  • Non-Persistent: The MAC address changes every time you connect to a Wi-Fi network, providing a high level of privacy.
  • Auto: The device automatically chooses whether to use a Persistent or Non-Persistent MAC address.
  • Disable: The device uses its factory MAC address, which is unique and does not change.
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Participant
1 month ago
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This sounds useful. But what are the practical use cases for each of these options? 

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Hexnode Expert
4 weeks ago
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Sure, let’s look at some practical scenarios for each option:

  • Persistent: Useful in environments where a stable MAC address is needed for network policies or security, like in corporate networks where devices need to be recognized.
  • Non-Persistent: Ideal for users who prioritize privacy, as it prevents tracking based on the MAC address.
  • Auto: Convenient for general users who want a balance of security and privacy without manually configuring settings.
  • Disable: Necessary for situations where a device’s unique identifier is required, such as in certain enterprise environments.
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Participant
4 weeks ago
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So, using Persistent in a corporate setting would help manage network access, right? Also, for someone concerned about privacy, especially when connecting to public Wi-Fi, what would be the best choice? 

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Hexnode Expert
4 weeks ago
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Exactly. The Persistent option allows IT admins to apply consistent network policies while still providing a layer of privacy. The MAC address remains stable for the network but can be reset if needed. For someone concerned about privacy, especially when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, the Non-Persistent option is the best. It ensures that your device gets a new MAC address every time it connects, making it harder to track your movements across different networks.

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Participant
4 weeks ago
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That’s very helpful. Thanks for the detailed explanation, Ben!

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Participant
4 weeks ago
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Yes, thanks a lot. This will help us enhance our network’s security and privacy. 

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Hexnode Expert
4 weeks ago
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You’re welcome! Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions or need further assistance. 

Best regards, 
Ben Clarke   
Hexnode UEM