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Old 23. Jul 2011, 05:45 AM   #111 (permalink)
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I think you are right; at least this is the way things seem to work for me
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Old 23. Jul 2011, 06:42 AM   #112 (permalink)
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I've only been using Sandbox for a week or so, but I'm having a hard time understanding why I need more than one Sandbox? Right now, I have my email client sandboxed and my browser sandboxed. I haven't had to open any pdf files from within my browser, but I'm assuming that if I do, it will automatically be sandboxed since my browser is. Is that not correct?

I also haven't tried running a flash program (Youtube perhaps?) from within my browser, but again I'm assuming that if I open a flash program from within my sandboxed browser that it will automatically be sandboxed? Again, am I mistaken?
Right now, most likely, you are using default settings, no restrictions. That
means that every program in the sandbox can run and connect out. As
you have it now, if you need to open a PDF file from within FF, it will open
fine. If Java or Flash is required by a website, again, they will run fine.

Creating and using separate sandboxes for different programs allows the
user to use restrictions in the sandbox. A restricted sandbox is safer than
a sandbox with default settings. Using this restrictions makes the sandbox
safer but restrains programs from running and connecting to the net.
Thats why you'll eventually will start using more than one sandbox, but
Kendall, it does not have to be today or next month. Take your time and
learn the default sandbox first, as you are doing now, and later, little by
little you can start playing with the restrictions settings.
http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?RestrictionsSettings

For comparison only, my everyday sandbox for browsing, only has Firefox
being allowed start/run/internet access. I also allow Foxit to start
because I don't use the PDF plugin like you do. Plugin container is also
allowed to start/run. On this sandbox, nothing else can execute. That
means that if I go to a site that starts downloading malware, this viruses
will do nothing but sit inside the sandbox being restrained from executing
or running.

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Old 23. Jul 2011, 04:50 PM   #113 (permalink)
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Thanks Bo. That was quite helpful. I'm gonna spend a little more time getting familiar with Sandbox before I start "messing around"....
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Old 24. Jul 2011, 02:56 AM   #114 (permalink)
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I found this tape of an interview of the SBIE developer when I first started
using Sandboxie. Listening to it helped me understand Sandboxie and
sandboxing a little better. In the interview, Tzuk talks about his first
thoughts about Sandboxie and why he created this wonderful program.

The interview is on Episode #172. After the interview, Steve Gibson keeps
talking about sandboxing and gives his opinion on Sandboxie.
Pretty good stuff, I hope you guys like it.
http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm#172

The first 34 minutes can be skipped.

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Old 24. Jul 2011, 05:03 AM   #115 (permalink)
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I listened to it last night. Excellent interview and discussion. Steve Gibson does briefly talk about purchasing a license, but it is only for a few seconds. I told Bo that I thought it was well-worth posting a link to it.
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Old 25. Jul 2011, 04:42 AM   #116 (permalink)
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Ok, this is probably a dumb question, but I'm still trying to fully understand Sandboxie.

I good friend of mine is a software utility programmer/creator. (He created/developed some freeware that we actually highlight and recommend on this site.) He sent me a zipped file that has a windows repair program that he wants me to test out. The zipped file is sitting on my desktop.

I can right-click on the file and "open in sandboxie". The file opens or extracts into a sandboxed windows explorer. Within the zipped file (within the sandbox) is an exe file. If I double click on that exe file, will it open within the sandbox? I don't know exactly what this new program is supposed to do, so I do want to open it within a safe environment.
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Old 25. Jul 2011, 05:20 AM   #117 (permalink)
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Hi Kendall, most programs will install sandboxed but some don't. Create a
sandbox with default settings, that way the program has a better chance
of installing in the sandbox . Only change one setting:
SBIE Control>Sandbox>New sandbox>Sandbox settings>Delete>
Delete Invocation> check mark on Automatically delete contents of
sandbox.
I named the newly created sandbox, New sandbox. Now you can run the
installer under the supervision of SBIE by right clicking on it and click on
run sandboxed, choose New sandbox and click OK. The program installs
sandboxed. If this program needs to reboot, it wont work.

The sandbox is set to be deleted when you close the program.

Try it this way. If you like the program and would like to keep it installed in
the sandbox(not getting deleted when you close the program) that can
also be done by checking "Never remove this sandbox or delete its contents"
instead of Automatically delete contents of sandbox.
http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?DeleteSettings

The Zip file will open in the newly created sandbox. Then you can run
the installer normally, you ll see hashes # on the installer and on the
zip file when its running sandboxed.

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I'll give it a try. Thanks Bo!
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Old 25. Jul 2011, 08:43 AM   #119 (permalink)
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Hi, been following this post and have always liked the sound of Sandboxie. I have tried it once before and admit it did not work for me, most probably due to my misunderstanding. One thing I recall is that I could not update windows or my browser when sandboxed, is that still the case or can you get aorund that?.

Also can you sandbox other things besides your browser eg newgroups etc and open those files in the sandbox first before saving to your HDD?.

Would really like to give it a go again as you all make it sound one of the best security devices available and it is is free
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Old 25. Jul 2011, 02:51 PM   #120 (permalink)
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When I update my add-ons in FF I launch it unsandboxed, close it down after updating, then relauch FF sanboxed.

You can allow access to bookmarks via:

SanboxieControl>Sandbox>Settings>Apllications>Web Browser.

Simply choose your browser from the list and choose Allow direct access to bookmarks and history database.

If you need to run a file sanboxed simply right click the file and select Run sanboxed.

If it is a while since you have used Sandboxie it is good idea to look at the website tutorials:

http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?GettingStarted

Hope this helps!
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