Sophos has released sandbox isolation program Sandboxie as freeware. Sandboxie runs programs in a "sandbox", a virtual container where programs can be run without modifying the operating system or data. Sandboxie acts as a virtual, transparent layer between programs and your operating system, allowing you to run programs such as browsers, email, and office suites without making changes to the operating system or other data on your computer.
Everything done inside a sandbox can be undone and deleted.
Sandboxie was initially released in 2004 and was freeware until the company changed hands. Sophos subsequently purchased Sandboxie and recently decided to make the program freeware starting with the current version (5.31.4), released this week. Sophos plans to transition Sandboxie to open source sometime in the future.
Downloading Sandboxie requires reading and agreeing to the EULA (End User License Agreement), then being taken to a Software Export Compliance screen that asks for first name, last name, email address, job role and company, industry, company, country, state/province, zip or postal code. After that information is submitted you're taken to a screen that says your download will start automatically, with a link that starts a direct download of version 5.31.4 if it doesn't start.
Sophos states the information is "Due to requirements of the U.S. government, export compliance is now mandatory when downloading our software".
Installation includes a brief tutorial as part of the installation process and the site has tips and how-to's.
It's worth mentioning that starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903), Microsoft is providing a built in sandbox isolation program. Directions on how to enable the Windows 10 Sandbox for Pro and Enterprise versions are here, directions to enable Windows Sandbox in the Home edition of Windows 10 are here.
Sandboxie works on:
- Windows XP SP3 (Up until Sandboxie 5.22 )
- Windows 7 (32/64)
- Windows 8.1 (32/64)
- Windows 10 (32/64)(Edge browser & Metro(tile) Apps not supported)
- Windows 10 Insider Preview (Fast Ring) supported in Beta builds that are released in the User Forum
- There is some support for older 64-bit versions of Windows: see the download page.
Supported Web Browsers (32 & 64 bit supported)
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 & 11
- Nightly Builds of FF
Sandboxie does not work on...
- Windows XP x64 bit
- Windows 95, 98 or ME
- Mac or Linux operating systems.
(h/t Open Source For U)
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