After we surfed the web, we usually left a few traces such as visited URLs, entered keywords, History, temporary files, Cookies and so on. Sometimes we do not wish these records can be seen by someone else. Perhaps we can use the build in track clean function of network browser, but it is not complete at all. How should we do? Do not worry about it! Here I introduce you a powerful and full-function utility that allows us run programs in a sandbox environment which can then be deleted later. This is Sandboxie which is published by Tzuk. Did you hear about it? With Sandboxie we do not worry about leaving tracks any longer. Do you have the same trouble as me? Why not give it a try and enjoy your good time on Internet.
Sandboxie allows us to run our browser, or any other program, so that all changes that result from the usage are kept in a sandbox environment, which can then be deleted later. This allows us to remove traces of our internet or PC activities, as well as reverse any changes to our Favorites, home page, registry and more. Even files that were downloaded during a sandbox session will be wiped after the sandbox is cleared. The program runs in the system tray and if we want to start a sandboxed session, simply launch our browser, or any other program via the tray icon, rather than the regular way. When we run a program on our computer, data flows from the hard disk to the program via read operations. The data is then processed and displayed, and finally flows back from the progam to the hard disk via write operations. For example, if we run the Freecell program to play a game, it starts by reading the previously recorded statistics, displaying and altering them as we play the game, and finally writing them back to disk for future reference. Sandboxie changes the rules such that write operations do not make it back to our hard disk.
The key component of Sandboxie include: a transient storage area, or sandbox. Data flows in both directions between programs and the sandbox. During read operations, data may flow from the hard disk into the sandbox. But data never flows back from the sandbox into the hard disk. If we run Freecell inside the Sandboxie environment, Sandboxie reads the statistics data from the hard disk into the sandbox, to satisfy the read requested by Freecell. When the game later writes the statistics, Sandboxie intercepts this operation and directs the data to the sandbox. If we then run Freecell without the aid of Sandboxie, the read operation would bypass the sandbox altogether, and the statistics would be retrieved from the hard disk. The transient nature of the sandbox makes it is easy to get rid of everything in it. If we were to throw away the sandbox, by deleting everything in it, the sandboxed statistics would be gone for good, as if they had never been there in the first place.
The main features and benefits of Sandboxie include: Sandboxie and the Web. Protecting our Freecell statistics using Sandboxie may be a good idea when a less qualified player comes along, but we will probably want to play most of our games outside the sandbox. On the other hand, we may want to run our Web browser inside the sandbox most of the time. This way any incoming, unsolicited software (spyware, malware and the like) that we download, is trapped in the sandbox. Changes made to our list of Favorites or Bookmarks, hijacking of our preferred start page, new and unwanted icons on your desktop -- all these, and more, are trapped in and bound to the sandbox. We could also try a new toolbar add-on, browser extension or just about any kind of software. If we do not like it, we throw away the sandbox, and start again with a fresh sandbox. On the other hand, if we do like the new piece of software, we can re-install it outside the sandbox so it becomes a permanent part of our system. Sandboxie intercepts changes to both our files and registry settings, making it virtually impossible for any software to reach outside the sandbox. Sandboxie traps cached browser items into the sandbox as a by-product of normal operation, so when we throw away the sandbox, all the history records and other side-effects of our browsing disappear as well.
The Alternative. Sandboxie is free so we really do not have to look around for an alternative. If we find it makes our Web experience that much safer, we are encouraged to register the program for a small fee. However, if we still do not like or can not use Sandboxie for whatever reason, here are some alternatives. Anti-Virus Software, Anti-Spyware Tools. These tools scan our computer files and registry settings looking for known viruses and unsolicited software (spyware). Such tools can only remove viruses and spyware they can identify, and usually only after that software has made its way into our computer. Contrast this with the Sandboxie approach, which keeps the viruses and spyware trapped in the sandbox, and makes them disappear when we throw away the sandbox. Untrusted Browsing. The ActiveX mechanism lets web sites run little programs in our computer. These are mostly well-natured programs, for example automatic download managers or automatic toolbar installation. Some not-so-well-natured web sites use this mechanism to install spyware into our computer. We could browse with ActiveX disabled (by turning it off, or by switching to a browser that does not offer support for ActiveX), but we would be trading security over functionality. With Sandboxie, we can keep ActiveX turned on, and have both security and functionality.
Sandboxie allows you to run your browser, or any other program, so that all changes that result from the usage are kept in a sandbox environment, which can then be deleted later.
It allows you to remove traces of your internet or PC activities, as well as reverse any changes to your Favorites, home page, registry and more. Even files that were downloaded during a sandbox session will be wiped after the sandbox is cleared.
Sandboxie runs in the system tray and if you want to start a sandboxed session, simply launch your browser, or any other program via the tray icon, rather than the regular way.
Protecting your Freecell statistics using Sandboxie may be a good idea when a less qualified player comes along, but you will probably want to play most of your games outside the sandbox. On the other hand, you may want to run your Web browser inside the sandbox most of the time. This way any incoming, unsolicited software (spyware, malware and the like) that you download, is trapped in the sandbox. Changes made to your list of Favorites or Bookmarks, hijacking of your preferred start page, new and unwanted icons on your desktop -- all these, and more, are trapped in and bound to the sandbox.
Sandboxie requires neither the disabling nor blocking of functions available to Web sites through the browser. Instead, Sandboxie isolates and quarantines the outcome of whatever the Web site may do to your computer, including the installation of unsolicited software.
There is no trade-off of functionality for security: the Web site can use the full range of active content tools, and if it uses these tools maliciously to install software or otherwise make changes in your computer, then these changes can be easily undone.
Sandboxie has originally been designed to increase the security of browsing with Internet Explorer, however it is just as effective with any other browser, and in fact, any other program. Sandboxie wraps a protection layer around the programs it supervises. It is this layer that intercepts and isolates any changes the programs make to the computer. And this layer is impartial to the specific program it wraps.
Benefits of the Isolated Sandbox
1. Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be discarded trivially.
2. Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don't leak into Windows.
3. Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can't break out of the sandbox and can't infect your real system.
4. Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.
The license of this software is Free Trial Software, the price is $20.95, you can free download and get a free trial.