How to secure Apple and Android mobile devices using 802.1X

Understanding all the 802.1X client settings can certainly help during deployment and support of an enterprise network

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When connecting to an enterprise-secured network with Android devices, users are prompted with many settings that could be confusing. When connecting with iOS devices—an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch—users are typically only prompted for their username and password. They can’t edit the advanced 802.1X settings on the device, but there are ways to get around this.

Installing certificates in Android

If you’re using a certificate-based authentication method, such as TLS, you must first install the user digital certificate.

Even if you aren't using certificate-based authentication, you may want to load a certificate on Android. For most authentication methods, you can optionally install the certificate from the Certificate Authority that the authentication server uses to enable server verification. Like the server verification in Windows, it can help prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.

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