TLDR: You can instantly access a sandboxed Chrome browser via browserling.com/chrome. I and my team created a sandboxed Chrome version that runs on remote servers and we stream just the browser window to you. Each session starts with a new and clean user profile and once the session ends, all data (cookies, downloads, browser history) is deleted.
Sandboxed Chrome – What Is It?
A sandboxed Chrome refers to a version of standard Chrome browser that has been modified to execute within a remote virtual machine, providing a remote isolated browsing environment. This configuration enhances security by restricting the browser's access to the host system, thereby mitigating potential threats and ensuring secure browsing. Through such isolation, any malicious code executed by the browser is confined to the sandbox, significantly reducing the risk of system-wide compromise.
How Does a Sandboxed Chrome Work?
A sandboxed Chrome runs within a virtual machine (VM), which starts up after the VM's initialization. This setup ensures that all browser activities are confined to this VM, which is separate from the host operating system. As the browser is virtualized, it provides an additional layer of security, effectively containing and neutralizing threats, such as malware, phishing attacks, and zero-day exploits that may be encountered during browsing sessions.
What Are Sandboxed Chrome Use Cases?
Secure Web Browsing
A sandboxed Chrome provides a secure environment for browsing the Internet, minimizing the risk of malware and other cyber threats. It is particularly useful for accessing potentially risky websites and checking suspicious downloads.
Cybersecurity professionals use sandboxed Chrome to safely investigate and analyze the behavior of suspicious websites and web applications. Isolated Chrome processes prevents malware from compromising the analyst's system.
Web Application Testing
Developers use a sandboxed Chrome to test web applications across all available Chrome versions on different platforms, ensuring comprehensive cross-platform compatibility and functionality.
Sandboxed Chrome can be used alongside other virtualized browsers to perform cross-browser testing, ensuring web applications provide a consistent user experience across different browsers and versions.
Legacy Application Support
Organizations maintaining legacy web applications can use sandboxed Chrome to run older versions of the browser that are compatible with their applications, ensuring business continuity.
Developers interested in the evolution of web technologies can use sandboxed Chrome to access historical versions of the browser, studying the progression of web standards and browser capabilities over time.
Which Chrome Versions Can Be Sandboxed?
Browserling has sandboxed all Chrome versions, making them accessible for testing and security analysis. These sandboxed versions can be reached through a standardized URL format:
$version corresponds to the specific version number you wish to access.
For example, to access Chrome version 119, the URL would be:
And for version 58, it would be:
And for the very first Chrome version, it would be:
What Is Browserling?
Browserling is a virtual browser platform that provides access to all versions of sandboxed Chrome browsers for secure and isolated web testing and development. It enables users to test web applications across different Chrome versions and platforms, ensuring compatibility and functionality, while also offering a secure environment for analyzing potentially malicious websites. This comprehensive service supports use cases ranging from cross-browser testing to cybersecurity analysis, making it an invaluable resource for developers and security professionals.
Who Uses Browserling?
Browserling has now become the sandboxed browser platform of choice for security professionals and developers, and it's used by hundreds of thousands of users around the world every month. Browserling's customers include governments, states, cities, banks, stock exchanges, universities, newspapers, Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies, and private multi-billion dollar companies.