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Learn the Whitelisted Definition and How It Pertains to Business

The whitelisted definition is relatively easy to explain and understand. For computers, it just means a list of websites and email addresses that are considered appropriate to view. At Comodo, we make it a little more in-depth because we can also help you whitelist other things, including:

  • Servers
  • Devices
  • Programs
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Applications
  • Browser Extensions

Benefits

For those of you who haven’t considered using a whitelist yet, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. You likely have software that helps you blacklist the things mentioned above, so aren’t sure what the trouble is.

First of all, items on the whitelist are the only things that can be opened and used. If it isn’t on the list, you cannot use it or access it. Our product will also generate logs that tell you when someone tried to download or open something that wasn’t allowed. You can then take the appropriate steps to deal with the situation.

Blacklisting, on the other hand, allows everything and restricts a few things. Everything can be accessed unless it is specifically placed on the list. If you aren’t aware of some new extension or download, you may not know to blacklist it, which could leave your company open to malware and virus attacks.

The benefits of placing items on a whitelist are plentiful and can include:

  • Administrator control over everything
  • No unauthorized access to devices/networks
  • Find out what employees try to access and when

While some companies offer an open time, such as lunch or breaks, where employees can peruse the internet that could cause problems. If you have an open Internet or Intranet system, employees could download games with spyware, open infected email and much more. You’re better off using a whitelist for the things you need to do your job and keeping everything else out. Contact us to learn more.