Device control rules editor

The Device control rules editor window displays existing rules and allows for precise control of external devices that users connect to the computer.


Particular devices can be allowed or blocked per user or user group and based on additional device parameters that can be specified in the rule configuration. The list of rules contains several descriptions of a rule such as name, type of external device, action to perform after connecting an external device to your computer and log severity. See also Adding Device control rules.

Click Add or Edit to manage a rule. Click Copy to create a new rule with predefined options used for another selected rule. XML strings displayed when clicking a rule can be copied to the clipboard to help system administrators to export/import these data and use them.

By pressing Ctrl and clicking, you can select multiple rules and apply actions, such as deleting or moving them up or down the list, to all selected rules. The Enabled check box disables or enables a rule; this can be useful if you don't wish to delete a rule permanently in case you wish to use it in the future.

The control is accomplished by rules that are sorted in the order determining their priority, with higher priority rules on top.

Log entries can be viewed from the main window of ESET Internet Security in Tools > More tools > Log files.

The Device control log records all occurrences where Device control is triggered.