Application Whitelisting – The Only Protection Against Ransomware

Application whitelisting provides the final piece to the endpoint security solution puzzle.

When trying to battle today’s cyber criminals, PC users must always be on the defense.  This includes consistently trying to anticipate the hacker’s next move.  This can be incredibly difficult.  What if there was a security solution that did that for you?

Application whitelisting provides advanced protection against cyber threats by implementing a list of all known trusted programs and only allowing said programs to execute.  If you try to run a program that has not been tested and deemed “trusted”, the program will not execute.  This seems logical, right?  However, very few security solutions actually include application whitelisting as a piece of their security solution.

Why isn’t everyone doing it?

If application whitelisting is truly the answer to win the ransomware war, why isn’t everyone implementing such logic?  There are two issues that come up.

First, overhead time for IT administrators.  Unless the whitelist is automated, it creates a major list of “to do’s” for IT admins, turning them off from the idea of such protection.  However, as stated, if the application whitelist feature is automated, this completely removes the need for consistent monitoring by IT admins; therefore, it doesn’t hinder their daily productivity.

Second, is the potential for false positives, meaning a good file is deemed unsafe because it hasn’t been tested and determined as a trusted application.  Using application whitelisting, false positives are going to happen.  However, there are different ways to work around it.  First the security solution offers users the ability to whitelist their own applications without being tested by malware research teams.  This is not encouraged.  If time is on your side, you can wait for the malware research team to test the program and properly categorize it as trusted, or as malware.  This is testing is completed within 24 hours of attempting to execute an unknown file.

PC Matic offers a global automated whitelist solution.  Also, any applications that are blocked from executing because of unknown safety, will be tested by the PC Matic malware research team and categorized within 24 hours of attempted execution.

CSO Online’s Kacy Zurkus, recently wrote an article on application whitelisting as a security solution.  In which, Vice President of Cyber Security, Dodi Glenn, provided expert advice on the solution.  Read the full article here.

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7 thoughts on “Application Whitelisting – The Only Protection Against Ransomware

  1. Due to the recent RANSOMWARE attacks, I wish to know if YOUR software can protect PC’s and Laptops
    from being attacked by a ransomware virus. If not what can you suggest would be a safe and secure service from anywhere that could do this for mine and other’s computers?

    • Ray, absolutely our solution can protect PCs and Laptops against ransomware. Because PC Matic bases our protection off of a globally automated whitelist we’re able to easily stop all new and unknown strains of ransomware. We only allow software to run on your computer that we already know is good, allowing us to stop even the newest ransomware or malware that is spreading across other computers.

  2. I need to speak with someone for help with my computer as I have had ransom ware virus and my files are all encrypted. I also want to purchase pcmatic for my computer. Please send me a phone number since I cannot find one on your website. Thanks

    • Shirley,
      We do not offer phone based support. We have found in our 17+ years of service, that online support is most efficient and effective for our consumers. If you need further assistance, you can reach our support team at http://www.pcmatic.com/help and fill out a helpdesk ticket there.

      Thank you,

    • We are happy to hear you want to use the best security solution available, PC Matic! Our support team will be able to assist you with downloading the product. They’re available 7 days a week. You are able to contact them at http://www.pcmatic.com/help

    • @Jesse mason:
      I had to remove my virus and malware protection because they were fighting against PC Matic or set it to except PC Matic but I even had to turn off my windows defender, before I could get it to reinstall after Malwarebytes kept deleting parts of my PC Matic.

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