What are we talking about here? Well, as we all know that running a browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox could open your system to various Spywares, Adwares and Trojans and since options are limited on your Windows system, there is perhaps only one way of protecting yourself and it’s by installing Anti Spyware, Anti-Virus and some other softwares. It’s just not browsers which could download unwanted things to your systems but also some applications that connects to Internet for various reasons. So what do you do?
Sandboxie is a free program that could solve all these problems. Before we get to understand how Sandboxie works, look at the pictures below:
Before using Sandboxie on your system
After installing Sandboxie on your system
Yes, you guessed it correct. It’s that Sandboxie transient storage area that makes all the difference. Now imagine you running an application that requires some data for it to run. Sandboxie will read that data from the hard disk and make it available to the application. The application will then perform its tasks and when it’s required to write that data back to hard disk, Sandboxie transient storage will intercept and write that in the sanboxie storage area instead of writing it to the hard disk.
The flow of information is always in one way with Sandboxie. It reads from your hard disk and writes it in transient storage but never writes back anything to the hard disk. If you happen to install some toolbar in your browser and want to make that change permanent, you will have to do it outside Sandboxie since it will not write that data to hard disk and also registry changes will never make it to the registry on your hard drive. The major advantage of Sandboxie is that you can dump a sandbox and create a new one if you wish to and it will discard all the data it had written in transient storage of sandbox you discard.
Applications of Sandboxie
Sandboxie will best serve the following, in our opinion:
- Home PCs used by people with basic computer skills.
- Internet Cafes where information does not needs to be stored.
- Public Internet spots.
- Situations when you don’t want to leave any trace of your browsing history.
- And many more…
Why don’t you download Sandboxie and give it a try?