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Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award – 2010

Ronen Tzur Wins For Sandboxie

Folks, last year I invented a little thing I called the Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award. I have awarded it three times so far, but not yet this year.

Winner of the 2010
Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

My intention with this was to bring to your attention, Dear Reader, people (and their websites) who are worthy of special mention due to the fact that they are looking out for us — the “average computer user” — and helping us to have a better, safer, online experience.

Ronen wins this special award as he is the creator of the program called “Sandboxie”. I consider Sandboxie an essential and primary tool for helping protect my machines from cybercrimals (incorrectly called “hackers”).

How Sandboxie works: Sandboxie takes a whole different approach (tactic) than traditional antivirus and anti-Spyware programs use to protecting you. Sandboxie runs your applications (aka “programs”) in an isolated area called a “sandbox”, as this animation shows…

Any programs that are “launched” (aka “Open”-ed, aka “run”) within Sandboxie only function within the sandbox, and have no direct access to your files, the Windows operating system or any other part of your PC. After you have finished with the ‘session’, you can right click the Sandboxie icon and delete all sandboxed files and processes, and your PC will be returned to the same state it was in before you started (how those red boxes vanish). To paraphrase, “What happens in the sandbox stays in the sandbox.”

GizmoAwardMy first recommendation for safe browsing is a free program called Sandboxie.~ JonathanT, Gizmo’s Best Free Browser Protection Utility.

Ronen has always offered this (essential, IMHO) security tool free, as well as a “pro (for pay) version”. It consistently wins “Best” and “Top” mentions on the reputable download sites, such as PC Magazine and MajorGeeks.

Note: Sandboxie is NOT a replacement, nor substitute, for traditional anti-Malware (antivirus+anti-Spyware) but is used in conjunction with. (This is referred to as “layering” your defenses.) And Sandboxie is not exactly intuitive to the “average user”, so I highly recommend that first time users see Tutorial: Getting Started with Sandboxie. This is a serious security tool and taking the time to learn how it works is well worth it! Using Sandboxie is simple, there’s just a few things to know.

So, congratulations Mr. Tzur. You’ve earned a big tip of my Geek hat. And folks, please click here and take a look Sandboxie.

Previous winners:
* First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for October
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for December

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August 23, 2010 - Posted by | computers, Internet, security, software | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. TechPaul,

    Sandboxie very deserving of the TechPaul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer’s Award… I can personally attest it is one of the best software apps out there that serves a purpose like no other.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      You may have to keep your eye on your mailbox too. What’s On My PC.. is a serious contender for a TPFOTISA award too!

      I know my readers will appreciate the vote of confidence — I think they’ve come to recognize your experience/expertise.

      (Dear Reader, if you haven’t.. click the link and see why Rick is one of my daily reads.)


      Comment by techpaul | August 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thank you, TechPaul, it’s an honor to receive this award! :-)


    Comment by Ronen Tzur | August 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. Ronen Tzur,
    It is my distinct pleasure to acknowledge, and help spread the word about, you and your wonderful Sandboxie. (I feel naked surfing the Web without it!)

    Thank you!


    Comment by techpaul | August 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hi Ronen – I have extolled the virtues of Sandboxie to many of my friends and peers and think it is a wonderful and innovative piece of software! I have also emailed you personally to commuicate the same and about gettting a license for the full version! Paul and Ronen – is there a possiblity of you organising a promotion to giveaway a few licenses of for the full version of sandboxie to a few lucky readers of this great tech blog?


    Comment by Lee Garber | August 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Lee Garber,
      Speaking only for myself — I was very pleased to work with Ronen and offer readers a giveaway contest back in July. It garnered a wonderful audience reaction. (To read my review of Sandboxie, and see the contest reaction, click here.)
      I have decided stop doing regular license giveaways; but, I will gladly honor Ronen’s request to run one again should he happen to ask me to.. which may happen – who knows?

      Sandboxie is one of those programs I want my readers to know about (and use), and I even reco the “for pay” version.. something I rarely do.


      Comment by techpaul | August 24, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hey, a very deserving award to Ronen Tzur,it is a great program. I use it all the time now, feel very safe with it.

    Thanks to both Ronen Tzur and Tech Paul.


    Comment by Gaia | August 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I love RL (real life) ‘testimonials’, and coming from an “average computer user”, I hope your comment will encourage others.

      Thanks for your support!


      Comment by techpaul | August 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. Paul,

    Thank you for recommending this excellent application. The free version is definitely good enough for must users. I purchased the amazing lifetime license that covers every PC you own, with updates included. I wanted the advanced features and didn’t want to see the nag screen popping up every 30 days. Besides, if a program is as useful as Sandboxie is I personally feel bad if I don’t pay for at least part of the time invested by the programmer.

    My virtual hat is off to Ronen Tzur for offering both a free version and an inexpensive pay version of Sandboxie. I have felt nearly naked for years even with my many malware protection applications. It’s kinda like rolling the dice every time I connect to the internet. Now I feel as if someone handed me a new suit of clothes and a pair of loaded dice.

    I know that I still have to remain vigilant, but now I have a great addition and compliment to my internet security programs. As usual, you and your tech friends are doing a great service to the internet community by keeping up to date on all the issues that we might otherwise overlook.



    Comment by KsTinMan | October 25, 2010 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      Your check is in the mail.

      Just kidding! But, wow, what a great testimonial! Thank you.

      (Folks, there you have it. Couldn’t have said it better myself.)

      I hate to say this, but (sadly, IMHO) we live in the age of freeware, and bootlegs via peer-to-peer “Torrents”, and the prevailing attitude is Only Morons Pay For Software (or movies or songs). Well, count me as a moron, but I am with you 100%.

      Well said.


      Comment by techpaul | October 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. Ronen Tzur’s only motivation is money. He is an irrascible character who repeatedly behaves abusively in his forum and e-mails.


    Comment by tzukie | December 16, 2011 | Reply

    • tzukie,
      I have no idea if what you took the time to post here has any validity whatsoever; but that was not the impression I got in my dealings with him. And the point (and purpose) of the article is to make people aware of his program, Sandboxie (which is free).


      Comment by techpaul | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  8. I have been on the internet since ’94 and have encounter many things/people. I ran 5 chat channels at one time and have dealt with all kinds for over 10 years. One thing I have noticed…some people think the internet provides anonymity and that you can say anything they feel like and for no reason just to make them feel important.

    Tzukie/gravatarmysteryman, I am impressed(sarcasm) that you took the time out of your busy schedule to share the wealth of your knowledge and expertise with us on an article from 2010. Attacking someone with no credible evidence makes you feel better, I hope. Where were you before? Perhaps under a rock? Please feel free to drop any other nuggets of wisdom whenever you have the urge. The internet needs more people like you.(/sarcasm)

    However, remember…”No pics? Didn’t happen!” Same goes for links….


    Comment by delenn13 | December 16, 2011 | Reply

    • BTW, I have a lifetime license for Sandboxie Pro. Wouldn’t be without it.


      Comment by delenn13 | December 16, 2011 | Reply

      • delenn13,
        The Internet is an interesting place, isn’t it?

        Folks, Sandboxie requires a wee bit of learning, but I cannot recommend it loudly enough, often enough. It is my humble opinion that this is one of the small handful of “free programs” where it is well-worth the small investment to “go pro”.


        Comment by techpaul | December 16, 2011 | Reply

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