| By Ian “Gizmo” Richards |
Sandboxes are a relatively new type of security product that can significantly reduce your chance of getting infected when you surf or when you download and install programs.
I’ll explain why sandboxes are so important and show you how to use my favorite sandbox program.
Block access to system files as you browse
A security sandbox is a program that creates an isolated environment on your PC within which other programs can run. It sets up a kind of virtual PC within your real PC. Programs running in that virtual PC are corralled from the rest of the system.
It’s like building a room in the deep interior of your house with no windows or doors. What takes place in that room cannot affect what takes place in the rest of your house. In the same way, what takes place in a security sandbox cannot affect your PC.
Now, this may sound abstract and theoretical, but it has some very practical implications.
First, if you run an infected program within the sandbox, the infection is restricted to the sandbox and cannot get to your real PC.