How do I disable Geneious features that may send data to external services?

As an IT administrator you may wish to lock Geneious down so that users within your organization are not able to send any data outside your network. NCBI BLAST is one such example.

This can be achieved by updating the geneious.properties file within the installation directory of Geneious for all of your users. Uncomment (by removing the #) or add each of the following lines to lock down each feature.

Note: For this approach to be fully secure, your users mustn't have permission to modify geneious.properties on their computer.

Public services

enable-ncbi-webservices=false : Prevents the user from accessing any of the public NCBI services (such as BLAST) without disabling local functionality such as Custom BLAST.

enable-plugin-installation=false : Prevents the user from installing any plugins, some of which could utilize public services.

enable-install-custom-code-workflows=false : Prevents the user from installing any workflows with custom code, some of which could utilize public services.

override-property-com.biomatters.iseek.plugin.com.biomatters.plugins.uniprot.UniProtPlugin=false : Prevents the user from accessing the UniProt search service.

Share via Twitter/email : This feature allows upload and sharing of a screenshot on Twitter. Currently it cannot be disabled, but an upcoming release will address this.

Biomatters hosted services

override-property-com.biomatters.plugins.usageTracking.usageTrackingEnabled=false : Turn off anonymous usage tracking. While this only collect non-personally identifying statistics to help us improve the software, you may prefer to disable it.

override-property-com.biomatters.iseek.standard.preferences.generalPrefs.checkForNewVersions2=false : Turn off automatic update checking. This sends some very basic information to us about operating system, Geneious Version etc.

override-property-com.biomatters.iseek.plugin.com.biomatters.plugins.feedback.SendFeedbackPlugin=false : Turn off the "Contact Support" feature in Geneious which allows users to contact our support team and attach data.

Error reporting : If Geneious encounters an unexpected error, the user is given the option to submit a report to us. Currently this feature cannot be disabled, but an upcoming release will address this.

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