How I Setup Sandboxie for My Family and Clients

In case you didn’t already know Sandboxie is a free application that can automatically launch your web browser in a
“Sandboxed Environment”.  A sandboxed environment is basically  a virtual computer inside your computer.

Anything that you accidentally download (like a virus or fake antivirus) is caught inside this virtual computer and cannot harm your real computer.  Once you’re finished browsing the internet simply close Sandboxie and if it’s configured properly, Sandboxie will instantly delete that virtual computer and any virus inside it.

The only problem I have with Sandboxie is getting my family and clients to use it.  So…I made it really simple for them.  I placed 2 shortcuts on their desktop called:

Safe Internet (this is just a shortcut to sandboxie)

and

Non-Safe Internet.  This is a shortcut to Firefox or Internet Explorer incase the website that they are accessing via Sandboxie just isn’t working right because of Sandboxie (that happens on some banking websites).

This method clearly lets them know what is safe to use and what isn’t but still gives them a choice (which is a must when you’re dealing with clients).

If you guy’s have any questions or comments feel free to comment below.

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5 Responses to How I Setup Sandboxie for My Family and Clients

  1. dan August 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Matt,

    How do you properly configure sandboxie? how did you create the shortcuts?

  2. hal jordan August 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    If you buy the program you can configure it to automatically launch any browser, email or any other program within the sandbox without trying to get around it with shortcuts.

    tzuk provides excellent support and lifetime updates at http://www.sandboxie.com

    Well worth the cash! It’s saved my friends and family many times and saved me tons of time fixing their computers.

  3. malwarekilla August 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    @dan – I’ll create a separate post on configuring Sandboxie.

  4. Carl August 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Have you ever tried Comodo’s Sandbox (comes with their free Internet Security), and if so, is it easier to use than Sandboxie?

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