OK you have your top antivirus program to keep your system files virus-free and a firewall software to block hackers from connecting to your computer. You think that’s enough? Think again. Both a firewall and an anti-virus protect your PC from known malware they can identify. But what about programs that look completely normal but are meant to spy behind your back? Neither your firewall or anti-virus software can protect you from that.
Below you’ll find 2 very cool free security programs that add an additional layer to your PC’s security making it a lot harder to compromise.
SnoopFree Privacy Shield – This nifty program is like a firewall for your keyboard and screen. It protects you from keyloggers and other surveiliance programs that try to spy on you. It blocks every unauthorized attempt to record your keyboard strokes and take screen snapshots.
Whenever any such program tries to access your keyboard input or read text from the screen, you’re immediately notified. You are presented with a detailed information about the offending program and can choose whether to allow or deny access.
Download SnoopFree Privacy Shield (Win. XP only)
Whenever you run a program on your PC, the data flows between the hard disk and the program via so called read/write operations. Usually the changes you make while running the program are written directly to the hard drive. Therefore, if the program is malicious it can harm your system.
This is one of the reasons why you’re always warned not to open suspicious email attachments or install the programs you’re not sure about.
So what happens when you install the Sandboxie ?
Using Sandboxie users are able to launch selected programs or files in a “sandbox”. What this means is that all read/write operations will be going through the “sandbox” and stay isolated from the rest of the system. Sandboxie makes it virtually impossible for any software to reach outside the sandbox.
Say you found an interesting software program but not sure how safe it is. Or just curious to see what is that attachment in the email from an unknown sender. In such cases you can simply open the ‘Windows Explorer’ in a sandbox and launch the program from there.
The best thing about Sandboxie is that you can get rid of everything that is running inside the sandbox with a single click. That’s is to say, when you’re done testing some program you can get rid of it by simply deleting the sandbox. Everything that happened in the sandboxed mode will be gone. No need to delete or uninstall anything manually.
Similarly, if you decide to run your browser in the “sandbox” mode, then things like the browser cache, bookmarks, history records and other side-effects of your browsing activity (spyware, malware and the like) will disappear when the sandbox is deleted.
Sandboxie is ideal for testing new little-known programs that you come across on the web. With Sandboxie you can check such programs without making any changes to your system. And if you like the program, you can reinstall it outside the sandbox like any other program.
Overall it’s an excellent piece of software. Though before you go ahead and start playing with it. I recommend you spend another 15-20 minutes going through tutorial and usage tips here.
If you know about another useful free security software please let us know in the comments.