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Should You Use an Antivirus Program or Whitelist Instead?

Most companies have difficulty determining which security measures they need because there are so many options available. Antivirus software is usually a must because it can keep viruses and some malware off your computers and devices. Antimalware software is often recommended, as well, because it thwarts more malicious attacks and those that are considered extensive and difficult to find. However, most people neglect the antivirus whitelist because they don’t understand it or don’t know how to use it.

Antivirus Software

This type of software is considered a blacklist option because it allows everything unless there seems to be a problem. If there is a problem, it will quarantine the application or program until it can determine what is wrong or that nothing is wrong. Those options with behavior-biased detection can also allow the software to stop and detect potentially problematic applications based on their behaviors.

Whitelisting Software

At Comodo, we offer a full package that includes protection from viruses and malware, as well as helping you whitelist your apps and more.

Whitelisting software, which can also be called application control or application whitelisting, only allows things that are permitted by the admin who configured the software. Sometimes you’ll hear it called default deny, meaning everything is automatically rejected unless it is expressly written somewhere that it can be opened or used.

With our product, you can:

  • Only allow necessary software to be used based on person and department
  • Prevent employees from using unauthorized software
  • Prevent employees from installing extra software
  • Prevent employees from opening software that is approved but not relevant to their job duties

Therefore, both options are necessary for businesses. Just remember that you should add the antivirus software to the whitelist so it can scan for problems as necessary. Contact us today to learn more about an antivirus whitelist.