What is Sandboxing? How does it affect Chrome OS? Get out your shovel and pail and let’s move some sand together! We’re going to give you the rundown on why Sandboxing is so important.
Sandboxing is the process of running individual websites and web applications as their own independent processes. Think of it like a layer of protection that helps guard against phishing and malware, so you can spend less time worrying about your online security and more time doing what you want to do. Sandboxing is a part of Chrome OS, but more importantly all Google Chrome browsers.
All Google Chrome browsers have Sandboxing enabled by default, one of the many benefits of using the Chrome OS. If security threats such as viruses or other harmful code occur, they’ll be restricted to the website or application they originated in. This prevents further damage to your browser and your computer- just simply close the process.
Another huge benefit of Sandboxing within Google Chrome is how some of the most popular web plug-ins are handled. One of the most used web plug-ins is Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player is used for a plethora of online material, such as videos and browser games. Another popular use of web plug-ins is the ability to view PDF documents online. And because these are features that have become synonymous with the Internet, plug-ins like these are frequently downloaded and installed in our browsers and machines.
However, something that doesn’t occur frequently are the updates for said plug-ins. Instead, the new version is released and downloaded just like before. Out of date plugins can create known security vulnerabilities, putting you as a user at a high security risk. That’s why Adobe Flash and PDF functionality is part of Sandboxing with Google Chrome, including it’s automatic updates to ensure you have the newest software available.
And that’s one of the many reasons security is easy with Chrome OS! If you want to learn more about Chrome, feel free to read through this Essential Guide to Chrome Security or this Beginners Guide to Chrome.