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

As an IT administrator you may wish to restrict access to online features in Geneious so that users within your organization are not able to use them to send data over the internet. NCBI BLAST is one such example.

This can be achieved by updating the 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: Your users mustn't have permission to modify on their computer.

Public services

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

enable-ncbi-databases=false:  Prevents the user from accessing NCBI database searches, but does not restrict BLAST searches to NCBI.  

enable-ncbi-blast=false: Prevents the user from running BLAST searches to NCBI but does not restrict NCBI database searching. 

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. : Prevents the user from accessing the UniProt search service.

override-property-com.biomatters.plugins.socialnetworking.sharingEnabled=false: Prevents the user from uploading and sharing of a screenshot from Geneious to email or Twitter (available from 11.1).

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. : Turn off the "Contact Support" feature in Geneious which allows users to contact our support team and attach data.

override-property-com.biomatters.geneious.common.talkback.geneious.talkbackEnabled=false : Turn off the "Error Report" feature in Geneious which gives the option to submit a report to us if Geneious encounters an unexpected error (available from 11.1). : Turn off the "16S Biodiversity Tool" which allows submission of sequence data to Amazon Web Services for analysis.

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