Website Whitelisting – Its Importance And How To Do It?

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In the digital realm, you can explore and access almost anything you can name. The world-wide-web is a powerful innovation that is infamous for being as detrimental as it is beneficial. There are hundreds and thousands of websites out there, while most websites are genuinely good, others are the bedrock of harmful ransomware, malignant hackers, sophisticated viruses, malware, a long list of network vulnerabilities, and potential breaches. This is why it is crucial to curate your online presence and be mindful of your digital consumption. 

Cyberattacks are mostly targeted at businesses with a weaker security system for higher monetary gain and data evasion. Kaseya suffered a ransomware attack compromising up to 1500 companies with a staggering ransom note of $70 million in 2021. The threats and risks of cyberattacks are not limited to big companies. 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses. And, 4 out of 5 small businesses report malware has evaded their antivirus1

But if you are a business owner and you own a fleet of mobile devices, all used for different purposes, how long can you filter websites and ensure your employees do not engage with unsafe websites on the internet? Trusting your employees to follow business security protocols and regulations or using stringent anti-virus software is no longer the answer. Phishing, hacking, viruses, and malware on the web are becoming more and more abundant, complex, and sophisticated. To avoid circumstances of data breach and financial loss, businesses need to take a proactive stance to keep their network system protected and critical business data secure. 

Cyberattacks Have Become Multifaceted, Why Website Whitelisting Might Help?

Website Whitelisting

Whitelisting is a cybersecurity strategy that gives clearance and access to websites that are on the “list” while blocking out the rest of the websites from getting access to system resources. As opposed to trying to identify each and every problematic website or URL link, IT admins can simply compile a list of approved websites that is necessary for the specific mobile device and allow the users to have limited access to those. Website whitelisting limits the user from exploring and accessing unsafe websites, avoiding negative consequences for the business and its consumers. Although whitelisting might look like a strict and rigid measure, it can help businesses keep their valuable data safe and protected, leaving no room for accidents or errors.

CubiLock Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution is a vigilant security approach that supports website whitelist lockdown mechanism. It allows web content filtering in Android devices i.e. whitelisting and blacklisting of websites; strictly enabling work-related websites and disabling unwanted or unsafe websites. Managed devices are remotely configured with whitelisted websites from the CubiLock console, giving IT admins full visibility and control over device functions and use. 

Website whitelist vs blacklist

Website blacklisting can be regarded as the opposite approach where IT admins can make a list of websites to disable. This strategy has a loophole where the blacklisted websites need to be regularly updated as the number of websites to be blocked can be countless.

However, in website whitelisting there is always a specific number of websites that each device needs. When whitelisting, you basically enable only a limited number of websites while disabling everything else. This approach gives tighter security to your network system and is less tedious of a job for your IT admins. The choice of website whitelisting or blacklisting is both supported by CubiLock EMM and completely depends on the work purpose and needs of your business. 

Benefits of Whitelisting Websites

  • Boost productivity

Enforcing website whitelisting streamlines workflow for employees and removes distractions during their work hours. There are endless websites available today for entertainment, streaming, gaming, shopping, chatting, so on and so forth. Whitelisting only the purpose intended and secured websites will erase chances of accessing any other website which isn’t work-related. This directly impacts the efficiency and productivity of employees, especially of the unsupervised remote workers or on-field workers.

  • Lower data overheads

The exploitation of office data and WiFi is not a rare occurrence in work environments. Getting free unlimited WiFi tempts workers to use them for personal reasons, download a game or two, stream movies and videos. When this culture grows, additional costs are bound to take a toll on the company. Website whitelisting discourages such activities and uses business resources for company growth and target achievements.

  • Secured browsing

Today, most business processes and administration work takes place online. To reduce the stress and burden from employees and the IT team in their daily operations, businesses should integrate website whitelisting. It restricts users from visiting websites outside their work profile and allows access to only secured websites. When the browsing experience is filtered and controlled, employees need not overthink their online habits and redirect their focus on their work. 

To Whitelist Website From Your CubiLock Console:

  1. Sign in to your CubiLock Portal
  2. Head over to the PlayStore Apps page, under Application Management
  3. Select Public Apps from iframe
  4. Search for the Chrome application and select it.
  5. Approve the app from its listing by clicking on the Select button
  6. Click on Add button to load the app into Enterprise Apps 
  7. In the Applications tab of your Profile, click on Configurations next to the Chrome app
  8. You can Whitelist and even Blacklist websites by adding URLs in this format: [“blacklist1.com”,”blacklist2.org”,”anothersite.net”]
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URL Format to Whitelist/Blacklist Websites

To sum it all up, if you are a business owner sick and tired of cybersecurity hassles, spam, and malware, you need to begin whitelisting websites and reclaim control over your employee’s internet habits and business’s security protocols. Get onboard with CubiLock to manage Android devices, use your mobile devices responsibly, dodge critical security loopholes, and efficiently achieve your targets.

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Also read: Lockdown Android tablet for business purpose

Apart from being a true sushi enthusiast, Sadichha ( Aka SSH) is a content writer and blogger at CubiLock. She is passionate to enchant everything boring and nitty gritty about technology through her writings for her readers to enjoy and learn from at the same time. When she is not at her desk crafting content, you can catch her occupied with her cat.

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