The advent of Web 2.0, social engineering and widespread Browser Exploit Packs (BEP) has led to the rise of a large amount of threats while browsing the Internet. When one surfs the web and types an address in the URL bar, the website appears. Potentially, it can bring many unwanted threats embedded in its HTML code. This necessitates the need for a protective layer and this is what a ‘Sandbox’ aims to provide.
What is Sandboxing?
Sandboxing is a proactive tool that puts the browser in a virtual container and thereby prevents any malware downloaded via the browser from affecting the PC. The applications that run in such an environment have limited access to the system and various system files, hence they facilitate a thickly layered security protocol. The sandbox scrutinizes untrusted codes and programs, reduces attack surfaces and monitors/blocks exploit applications. Any code or program that originates from unverified third parties, suppliers, websites or users is verified before execution by the sandbox.
Just like a physical sandbox in real life, this feature restricts your web browsing to a virtual container that stops threats from affecting your actual PC or other applications. As a result, malicious codes are barred from entering the OS and the system. The sandbox also blocks any unauthorized activity performed by a program that should not be there, or by a program that is running contrary to its nature.
Sandboxing as provided by Quick Heal
Quick Heal recognizes that existing protection features like phishing protection, parental control, firewall and IPS, pop-up blockers and URL classification may soon be inadequate. While popular web browsers provide private browsing features, these are not enough. Private browsing through web browsers does not sandbox all third-party plugins. So Quick Heal runs the browser in a sandbox.
This virtual container allows you to play, chat, browse and have a hassle-free Internet experience in it while it limits risks and does not allow them to spillover to the PC’s OS or applications. The sandbox also traps all malicious software downloaded by the browser in the sandbox. It restricts all browsing activity, cookies and temporary files to the sandbox. Hence it dupes viruses into believing that they are attacking a computer, but in reality they only attack a virtual copy to keep the actual PC protected.
Sandboxing is now available in the Quick Heal 2013 product line and it supports Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It shields your PC and ensures safety on social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc.), IM chats (Skype, ICQ etc.) or file-sharing sites. This intelligent feature tricks viruses and malware into thinking that they are actually attacking your PC while keeping your PC safe, untouched and absolutely secure.