Advice. Probably necromancing but, sandboxie vs alternatives...

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  1. brjoon1021

    brjoon1021 Registered Member

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    I surf pretty safely. I have been running naked for the most part of two years with only one Trojan on my computer. I know the stupid maneuver that got it too.

    But, I have a new, pristine installation of XP on my work laptop and I want to have a little safety. I have not decided on AV or not, but I am pretty sure that I want to run SandboxIE or GESwall or Bufferzone or something that will keep internet baddies from infecting my hard drive.

    Which one do you recommend ? Or, if that is a poooor question, why would you chooose one over the others ?

    FYI: I prefer to use FF if that matters. Sometimes I use IE because of quickbooks online and sites that prefer IE. I also use Chrome and may use it more in the future
     
  2. moontan

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    funny you should start this thread.

    i uninstalled SBie minutes ago and decided to go totally "naked". ;)

    oh yeah, you question!
    i'd give Geswall a try if i were you. :)
     
  3. kjdemuth

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    Yeah either geswall or bufferzone pro. Either of them will keep you safe. I used geswall for years and it always kept me safe. I always had a few more layers with it. Bufferzone pro is free now, so you might want to try that. Geswall is more policy restriction and bufferzone is more like a sandbox with a hint of policy restriction. You really can't go wrong with either. It all depends on what works on your system and what works for you.
     
  4. J_L

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    Sandboxie because it can be hardened further.
     
  5. Chuck57

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    I'd vote for Bufferzone for the same reason as Sandboxie. It can be configured just as tight as Sandboxie, maybe more so. Actually, both BZ or Sandboxie are very solid and almost bulletproof. I just prefer Bufferzone.

    I don't know a lot about Geswall, so can't really comment.
     
  6. TheKid7

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    :thumb: :thumb: :)
     
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    I agree Sandboxie because, as J_L says, properly configured it is extremely difficult to bypass, which makes it an ideal choice for higher risk activities such as web browsing. Also take a look at AppGuard for system-wide policy restriction. If you want to add an AV/AM then Prevx is a lightweight agent that works well with this combination.

    All of these applications support both 32 bit (XP and Windows 7) and 64 bit (Windows 7) systems, so are future-proofed. The licences for Sandboxie and AppGuard are lifetime, including all future software upgrades, so you only pay once. In the case of AppGuard, the lifetime license covers 3 seats.
     
  8. Sully

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    I choose Sandboxie because as long as you understand what it does, you don't need to do much after you configure it to your likings. I rarely make changes and only see prompts when I need to, such as when something attempts to make outbound connection or run in a box which is not allowing it.

    For me I enjoy a true "set and forget" lifestyle with Sandboxie. I really don't care how great other programs are or are not, I just don't want to be bothered with answering prompts any more, nor do I want to configure protection for every aspect of my computer. Just run what I need in a sandbox, realize where my files might be going within the virtual environment, realize the limitation of the virtual environment, and do other things.

    But that is just me.

    Sul.
     
  9. philby

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    And me...

    Well put sir!
     
  10. pegr

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    +1 :thumb:
     
  11. Boyfriend

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    100% agree. After reading your posts and other help sources, I have configured my installation on both computers and am very satisfied. It is totally "set and forget" lifestyle. Actually understanding sandboxie features, mechanisms, and limitation might be tough job for few users. However, once done your reliance on other things drop too much and you become almost bulletproof.
     
  12. PJC

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    +1 for Sandboxie :thumb:
     
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    :thumb: :thumb: :)
     
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    Whenever I close my browser, I know I am clean, no maybes. I can say that
    only because I use Sandboxie every day and every time that I surf the net.
    If you had been using SBIE during this past 2 years, the Trojan that got by
    would not have made it to your real system. To me that one Trojan is one
    too many.
    GesWall and BZ, I am sure they are pretty good but I recommend you try
    Sandboxie first and see if you like it. If you don't, then try the others.

    You are on the right track realizing that sandboxing works.


    Bo
     
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  15. bo elam

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    You ll be back..... a couple of days, maybe?
    Bo
     
  16. moontan

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    of course i"ll be back, maybe in time for the IE9 launch on Monday. ;)
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    i'll keep a close eye on the Pwn2Own contest underway.
    so far, it's not faring too good for IE8.
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1840271&postcount=10
     
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  17. SourMilk

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    Not really a sandbox but I am currently using the Dell Kace Secure Browser. No cookies (regular or flash) are kept, history (Firefox option), or lingering processes. All changes like bookmarks, addons, etc. are kept. A contained virtual browser that keeps your customization. Nice.

    I believe that exploits and malware (trojans and such) are the main problems now. A virtual environment will foil most of these. For the rest, I use an on demand Hitman Pro and VirusTotal Uploader.

    Running naked is fun :cool: .

    SourMilk out
     
  18. Kees1958

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    In Hawaii that might be the case, try the same in northern Canada or Russia
     
  19. m00nbl00d

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    In Hawai the sharks won't give importance whether or not some person is naked; if it resembles food they'll bite. ;)

    -edit-

    Of course, if one is just running naked and not swimming, then the only problem would be what, seagulls? :D
     
  20. SourMilk

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    I just try to avoid stepping on the cute little geckos. :)

    SourMilk out
     
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