Category Archives: Review

Beebom – How to Sandbox Non-trusted Apps in Linux Systems

Restricted home directory in Google Chrome

Sometimes we have to run an application that we do not trust, but we are afraid that it might look at or delete our personal data, since even though Linux systems are less prone to malware, they are not completely immune. Maybe you want to access a shady-sounding website. Or perhaps you need to access your bank account, or any other site dealing with sensitive private information. You might trust the website, but do not trust the add-ons or extensions installed in your browser.

In each of the above cases, sandboxing is useful. The idea is to restrict the non-trusted application in an isolated container -a sandbox– so that it does not have access to our personal data, or the other applications on our system. While there is a software called Sandboxie that does what we need, it is only available for Microsoft Windows. But Linux users need not worry, since we have Firejail for the job. more…

MakeUseOf – Firejail: A Simple Way to Improve Security on Linux

Editing a Firetools launcher entry

Linux is secure, right? It’s certainly more secure than Windows in a lot of ways, but it’s not impervious to attack. There is always a trade-off between security and usability, but how far can you really go to secure your operating system without seriously compromising its usability?

If you get compromised the damage is already done, it really doesn’t matter which operating system you run. Firejail allows you to mitigate this risk, but will it keep you secure without making your system unusable? more…