Sandboxie is a free tool that uses isolation technology to separate applications from making changes to your data, programs, and applications on your hard drive.
The tool lets you run any applications such as your web browser and other programs in a sandbox environment, so thereby it won’t affect any system applications.
The sandboxes are used by developers to experiment with their newly developed application and Cyber Security professionals use sandboxes to test malware.
Sandboxie was developed by Ronen Tzur, later it was acquired by Invincea, in February 2017, Invincea was acquired by Sophos. Now Sophos has changed the product license to freeware and has plans to make it as an open-source tool
Sandboxie for Security Purposes
By running the browser in the sandbox you can prevent your system from malware attacks, viruses, ransomware, and zero-day threats. With the sandbox, you can test your suspicious files without making any harm to the system.
For threat actors, the email address is the tempting targets, they find all the possible ways to infiltrate your email accounts. Nowadays Email accounts emerged as a major security threat for business and home computers.
Tools like Sandboxie lets you run your favorite Email application’s in the sandbox and thereby you should not worry about opening any suspicious documents. It also prevents websites and other applications in modifying personal data, files & folders on your system.
You can find the animation here that shows changes by a program running under Sandboxie.
“The animation illustrates that Sandboxie can intercept the changes and isolate them within a sandbox, depicted as a yellow rectangle. It also illustrates that grouping the changes together makes it easy to delete all of them at once.”
The tool supports for both 32 and 64-bit operating system versions, you can open all major browsers, Microsoft Office Suite, PDF and Multimedia files with Sandboxie.