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USB Protection

This Article Applies to:

  • Business Hub

The Business Hub console now offers the USB Protection service with Premium and Ultimate Business Security subscriptions, allowing you to control access to USB flash drives, external HDDs, optical discs, memory cards, digital cameras, smartphones (Windows only), tablets (Windows only), and other devices that have storage capabilities. With this service, removable devices won't be able to access your end users’ data without permission.


To access and manage USB Protection, go to Policies > Service SettingsUSB Protection.


Configuring USB Protection

There are two options to apply to all removable devices that might connect to the devices under a selected policyAllow or Block.



Unless you select otherwise, USB protection is configured to allow all removable storage devices to connect to your end users’ computers.

Support for denying access to smartphones and tablets is currently unavailable for macOS.

Configuring Exclusions

You can configure exclusions for USB Protection in the USB Protection section of the Exclusions tab. Excluded devices will not be affected by whatever global setting has been configured in the policy.

  1. Click + Add new exclusion
  2. Check the box(es) for the device(s) you wish to exclude from the USB Protection settings
  3. Click Add new exclusion

You can also delete previously added exclusions from the list by clicking the trash icon in the Actions column.

System Requirements


  • 11 — x64
  • 10 (Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions) — x64, x86
  • 8/8.1 (all versions except RT and Starter Edition) — x64, x86
  • 7 SP1 (requires KB3033929) — x64, x86
  • Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012 (any edition with latest service pack excluding Server Core) — x64
  • Server 2008 R2 (requires KB3033929) — x64
  • Small Business Server 2011 — x64


  • macOS 11.4 (Big Sur) and higher (and the 7.7 Agent is required)