Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 7. This week we’re going to talk about Whitelisting and Sandboxing.

These are two types of techniques that you can use to protect your systems from malware. We’ve previously covered anti-malware software that will scan for viruses and things. But these are just two additional techniques that you can implement to protect your systems.

Whitelisting

So whitelisting is all about setting up a list or configuring a list on your computer that would say “I only want these applications to run.” Like Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Outlook, any line-of-business application like Sage Accounts, Chrome. All these applications that you use on a day-to-day basis you would add them to the whitelist so they can run.

But if some malicious software comes on to your system through some other sneaky technique that the hackers use, they will not be able to execute because they’re not on the whitelist. Cos you’re not going to add some malicious software to your whitelist are you? So that is one way of protecting your system and it’s very very effective.

Sandboxing

the other one then is sandboxing and this can be done either with an application that creates a sandbox or maybe the application running has a sandbox capability or its built into it. And with a sandbox, what it is is effectively the application runs in an isolated kind of container or instance on your PC and it has very limited access to other parts of the memory on your computer, on the hard disk or that it cannot interfere with other applications on your system.

So that’s sandboxing it’s kinda protecting, it’s putting things into what they call the sandbox.

So that’s it for this week.

Let’s be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.

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