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Safely opening attachments

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#1 Myi


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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:44 PM


I am starting a show on Youtube, and I anticipate receiving image files from unfamiliar users on a regular basis, beginning very soon.

I've created a couple Gmail (via Chrome) accounts for these users to reach me through, and will likely request that files be sent to this source.

I am familiar with image file formats, and so will be able to filter these. But I am curious what else, if anything, I can do to secure myself from potentially malice file attachments.

Using Windows 7 Home Prem 64 SP1, MSE, WinPatrol, Malwarebyes, SuperAntiSpyware, Emsisoft Anti-Malware, Secunia and KeePass.

For example, is there a place on my system where I could download these image files to that is inherently quarantined? Or perhaps could create such a location?

This, I suspect, could allow me to safely scan the files prior to actually opening them.

Just a thought. Any others would be appreciated! And yes, I'm aware Gmail already scans attachments, it's just difficult for me to determine the level of protection this grants me.

Thank you!

P.S. Any other means of transferring files safely (potentially larger files, also) for free or at a reasonable price could be useful information, if you believe my current design is insecure.

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#2 boopme


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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:47 PM

Have you looked at Sandboxie
Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

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#3 Myi

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 07:00 PM

Awesome thank you.

I'm not certain I'll be using this program, as I'm reading it is a challenge with Chrome and Firefox, and I need quick access to modifying the images, but I'll continue to look into it and quite possibly give it a shot.

Thank you for the response!

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