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What is Allowlisting?

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Keeping track of all the applications on your device is not an easy task.  Likely, your number of applications is running into the hundreds, mostly running in the background, performing activities you’re unaware of. Preventing these potentially malicious activities on your devices will require you to have complete control over what applications are allowed to run. In this instance, ThreatLocker Allowlisting, historically known as "whitelisting," makes for an ideal security solution.

What Is Allowlisting?

Allowlisting, being policy-driven, permits only approved application files to execute and blocks anything that is not explicitly permitted. Unlike antivirus or other threat detection programs looking for "bad" applications, Allowlisting puts you in control over what software, scripts, executables, and libraries can run on your servers. This approach stops malicious software and other unpermitted applications from running, minimizing cyber threats by stopping rogue applications from running on your network.

Why Is Allowlisting Important?

Application Allowlisting has long been considered the gold standard in protecting businesses from known and unknown malware. Unlike antivirus, Application Allowlisting put you in control of what software, scripts, executables, and libraries can run on your endpoints and servers. This approach not only stops malicious software, but also stops other unpermitted applications from running. This process greatly minimizes cyber threats and other rogue applications running on your network.


Allowlisting is not the only solution for cybersecurity, but it is undoubtedly one of the pillars of endpoint security. Total control over what applications you can allow and which you can deny is vital to any organization's security. You would not have to worry about what applications are doing in the background, and you can focus on what matters.  

ThreatLocker has been helping organizations in and out of tech secure their endpoints for years and can help implement a personalized plan for you. For more on zero trust driven cybersecurity, book a Demo to see how ThreatLocker endpoint security could be the perfect fit for your business.