ZoneAlarm ForceField Takes The Sandbox To The Masses
Posted by telecommatt on September 27, 2007
While not exactly a new concept, this is pretty sweet. I think it’s great that ZoneAlarm is taking the idea of sandboxed browsing to the general public. After all, Most spyware/malware solutions are focused on fixing your machine after it’s infected, but the best way to keep spyware and malware off your machine is to never let it touch your machine to begin with.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, check out this short Wikipedia article. Basically, a sandbox is an isolated virtual environment that software can be run in. Being virtual means it doesn’t actually exist, meaning when something in the sandbox encounters malware, the malware is actually infecting nothing. Literally!
While I think that a $30 subscription fee to ZoneAlarm’s service is reasonable for most consumers, the computer-savvy might think about using something like the free Sandboxie. This is my browsing and testing environment of choice at the moment. Sandboxie not only allows you to run a sandboxed browser (or any app), but it allows you to install software within the sandbox as well. I’ve found this is the best way to test beta software without having to worry about it taking down my box.
has launched a public beta of a new security tool that basically puts
your web browser into a sandbox. Visit sites you know are unsafe, check
your bank statements on a computer that you know is infected with
viruses and spyware. We caught up with ZoneAlarm Director of Consumer Product Management John Gable at ShowStoppers in New York, and he told us a bit about the new product. ZoneAlarm ForceField
sets up a “virtualized surfing” system, that prevents your PC from
downloading malicious code from the web. It also prevents keylogging,
blocks spyware, and scans downloads. There’s also a private browsing
feature that immediately erases all details of your browsing session
once you shut down the browser.ZoneAlarm ForceField is free
while in beta, but will cost $30 when it’s officially launched next
year. The program works with Internet Explorer and Firefox (but not
Opera), and is Windows only.
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