Which MetaAccess should I use?

Windows and macOS:

Managed devices should use the persistent client, while guest devices can use either the persistent or the on demand client.

(The phrase 'on demand' may be used interchangeably with 'portable' or 'dissolvable').

The persistent MetaAccess is designed to remain running on the users' device after installation.

By comparison, the on demand client is only run when needed. If exited, or if the device is restarted, the client will not automatically start.

Typical uses for the portable client are:

  • Bundling with a NAC or SSL-VPN host checker for on-demand compliance checks

  • A device where software installation is not allowed

  • BYOD access, like a guest, contractor, student or employee's personal laptop

Permissions concerns

There are two versions of the on-demand MetaAccess for Windoes devices. One requires UAC, the other does not. Running the non-UAC client without admin rights will have a degraded experience. Namely the malware deep scanning option will be limited and some application detection will be less accurate. For example, BitLocker disk encryption state cannot be checked from a portable non-admin instance.

Linux:

The pre-compiled MetaAccess for Linux offers advantages like auto-update, anti-virus and personal firewall monitoring that are not available in the open-source Linux agent. There is no portable MetaAccess for Linux available yet.

Android:

MetaAccess for Android is available on the Google Play Store.

iOS:

MetaAccess for iOS is available on the Apple Store.

Additional notes:

There are technical differences to take into consideration when deciding which client to use. Below is a table highlighting the primary differences between the various MetaAccess that are available:

MetaAccess Agent Comparison (Windows, macOS, Linux)

Features

Windows

Macintosh

Linux

Persistent

On Demand

Persistent

On Demand

Linux V3

Linux V4

Vulnerabilities Check

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Compliance Check

Yes

Limited

Yes1

Limited1

Yes

Yes

Application Removal

Yes

Roadmap

 

Roadmap

No

No

Active Malware Detection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Custom Check

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Installation

Required

No

Required

No

Yes

Yes

Package Format

MSI

EXE

DMG

ZIP

RPM

DEB

RPM

DEB

Integrations

 

 

 

 

 

 

- COM (C++/C#/VBScript)

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

- Registry or .plist

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

- Cookie

Yes

Yes

Roadmap

Roadmap

No

No

- Client certificate

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

- Cross-domain API

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

User Interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Command Line

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Automatic Updates

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Application Context

System

User

System

User

System

System

Default Behavior

Persistent

Semi-Persistent2

Persistent

Semi-Persistent2

Persistent

Persistent

Run-Once Option

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

MetaAccess Mobile App (iOS and Android)

Features

iOS

Android

 

 

 

1 MetaAccess has no longer supported

  • detect lock screen timeout on macOS 10.13+

  • detect hard disk free space on macOS 10.14+

2 By default, once executed, it will keep running until closed

This article applies to MetaAccess product.
This article was last updated on 2018-10-23.
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