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The Benefits of Whitelisting Applications

If you want a more direct or proactive approach to security, you may want to consider whitelisting your applications and other parts of business, such as emails and programs. A whitelist is simply a list that tells the computer that whatever is on the list can be run, and anything not on the list cannot be run. Most users currently have the ability to download and run all programs of their choosing, but that can cause many problems and more risks, so it may be beneficial to consider this option.

At Comodo, we understand that whitelisting isn’t a replacement for regular security software, including:

Instead, it should be used in conjunction with other software to have a comprehensive defense-in-depth strategy that is more reliable than ever before.

How to Make it Effective

If you have decided to consider whitelisting, you need to understand that this solution can’t be effective unless:

  • Users are forbidden to modify files that can run
  • All codes are blocked by default, so the approved program runs correctly

If you are worried about enforcing the whitelist, you’ll like to use our product because it makes the management of whitelists easier for administrators. It can report and monitor attempted violations, update applications automatically and more. While most Windows computers already have built-in options, they may not be enough.


Whitelists for applications can be beneficial in many ways. For example, it can help you block most of the current malware attacks out there and can prevent applications from being used if they are deemed inappropriate or not necessary for your job. They can also update automatically, so you don’t have to do it yourself and must be installed by an administrator, who must also approve new applications. Contact us today to learn more.