The sandboxing solution Sandboxie is a gem, I cannot describe it in any other way. It allows you to run any program on your Windows system in a sandbox, so that its interaction with the underlying operating system is limited.
While there are still possibilities to let changes pass through, it is entirely up to the user when that happens and when it is prevented.
While labeled shareware, it is possible to run the trial version of the program for as long as you want. You do get reminders that this is a trial, but that is about it in terms of limitations.
If you have been to the Sandboxie website recently, you may have noticed the acquisition notice on its frontpage. It states that Sandboxie has been acquired by Invincea.
Update: Invincea was acquired by Sophos in 2017. The sale did not impact the operation of Sandboxie in any way until now.
Invincea is a venture-backed security company from the United States that is providing Enterprise customers and small businesses with tools and support to protect systems against advanced cyber attacks. Most notably, a partnership with Dell was announced in July 2013. Dell's "Data Protection | Protected Workspace" endpoint security solution ships with all commercial Dell tablets and PC's worldwide as part of the company's "Most Secure" line of machines. This solution is powered by Invincea.
The Sandboxie acquisition on the other hand may come as a surprise to users of the security software. The announcement confirms that the acquisition was made to consolidate Sandboxie and Invincea's own solution.
Not only does it pave the way to the end user and small business market for the company, it may also make available Enterprise solutions to Sandboxie customers.
Adding Sandboxie to Invincea’s portfolio was a strategic move to expand our business globally, to address the small and individual market, and provide a pathway for Sandboxie fans to an enterprise ready solution
Probably the most important information of the announcement is the fact that Sandboxie will remain free, and that nothing will change for existing customers. This means, and is confirmed by Ronen Tzur, that lifetime license owners will keep their license. In essence, all previous licenses are honored by the new owners of Sandboxie.
What this also means is that Ronen will leave the project for good at the end of January 2014. It is not clear how this will impact the future of the application, but Ronen appears to be belief that this is a good move for the software and its future.
It is definitely too early to tell where the journey will go. Besides keeping the current business model, it is also important that development continues. At best, it is accelerated and improved thanks to the company's development resources. At worst, it dies a slow death.
Only time will tell, but I do hope that Sandboxie will continue to be a program that I can recommend.Advertisement
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