Using A Virtual Machine When You Are On Questionable Websites

As we all know the web is not an entirely safe place. While most of it is, there are still a lot of places on the web that you do not want to visit. And the reasons for this are plenty. The website may have illegal content and just being on the site is a violation of the law in your country. Or the website may have malware lurking around. And when you are on a site that has malware lurking around and you are not protected, well we will just say that your computer will not like you very much afterward.

But there are times when you do need to go on a questionable website. Not all questionable websites on the internet are of the illegal variety. Some of the websites that are deemed questionable may be just in fact controversial and not illegal. And if that is the case then you do not know whether you can trust the site or not. When you are on a website that you cannot trust in a great deal that is when you should break out the virtual machine. It will allow you to roam the website freely without very many repercussions to your main computer.

Some of the people who are reading this article might not know what a virtual machine is. It is a piece of software that allows you to be able to run one operating system inside of another. It allows you to be able to feel like you are controlling two systems at the same time. It is good for testing out software, running several systems on one computer and in what we are talking about in this article. And that is being able to do testing on websites and different software without damaging your main machine.

And that is another thing that you should really think about it. The software is not only good for going to questionable websites when you need to. It is also good for going to very trustworthy websites that you want no trace of on your main computer. For example, if you have a banking website that you go to all of the time and you want to keep it secret. You do not have much of a chance keeping it secret on your regular computer because you leave all sorts of traces on there. There are the browser logs and the computer logs themselves. So if you want to make sure that no one is able to find out your banking website then you can use a virtual machine. Any time that you want to visit that website all you have to do is turn the virtual machine on and go right there. That way no one knows about and because you do not have other software installed on the virtual machine besides the browser you know that it will be a safe experience.

There are a lot of definitions on what makes a questionable website. It can be an illegal website. It can be a site that has racy content. Or it can be a website that has radical point of view. And there are many more definitions of a questionable website. The point comes down to how much do you trust it? And if you do not trust it that much then I would suggest that you visit the site through a virtual machine that is installed on your computer. It will help put your mind at ease.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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