5 Common Myths About Application Whitelisting

Application whitelisting is a technology that has been around for a while, but not everyone takes advantage of it. Whitelisting is essentially the complete opposite of blacklisting. With blacklisting, files and programs will be scanned for malware or any other malicious content. Blacklisting can also mean blocking applications, files, and software entirely. Blacklisting also involves blocking specified threats. Whitelisting is more secure, blocking and neutralising any programs that have not been whitelisted, or authorised to run. However, whitelisting has been made less popular due to common misconceptions, which is why you should learn more about whitelisting and AWL systems so you can see how whitelisting may be right for your system.  Here are 5 common myths about application whitelisting, and the truth behind each myth.

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Application Whitelisting Is Unnecessary

Many believe that application whitelisting is unnecessary because they believe their computer’s running system already blocks unknown applications, programs, and more. Most mainstream software, including Windows, have some kind of deny-by-default software. This does not provide as much protection as whitelisting. Being able to manage your applications more closely is a benefit that only whitelisting provides.

Application Whitelisting Means Waiting for Approval from the Admin if You’re an End User

It’s true. Some AWL or whitelisting solutions may be designed to have the admin or security specialists be the only ones who can allow or deny applications. However, that is a choice, and some softwares and solutions allow more control for the end user. In these cases, the end user has more control and can approve or deny applications themselves, without admin approval. However, even if there is less control for the end user, an admin can pre-approve applications for systems so there is no wait time for whitelist application or regular application use.

Application Whitelisting Requires an IT Admin to Manage Systems and Software

With the right whitelisting solution, this is not the case. A good application whitelisting software will be able to manage your lists with very little interference in your operations. If you use RMM, or Remote Management and Monitoring, to manage your endpoints, your AWL system should work seamlessly.

Application Whitelisting Is Difficult to Manage 

It is true that the most difficult part of application whitelisting is managing what is and what is not or should not be whitelisted. However, it is not an impossible task, and the pros certainly outweigh the cons. It is difficult, however, to manage hundreds of thousands of files, many of which need to run simultaneously. Newer software is getting better and better at managing whitelists and tracking system operations, so you won’t even notice the difference but you’ll reap the benefits. The right application whitelisting software makes management as non-intrusive as possible.

Application Whitelisting Doesn’t Work Well with Other Antivirus Applications

This is false. There are many antivirus programs that can work well alongside an AWL system. Whitelisting applications should not inconvenience your computer, but secure it instead. As long as your antivirus has been configured to the AWL system, you won’t run into any issues.