Sandbox (computer security)

computer security mechanism for isolating running programs from each other in a highly controlled environment

A sandbox computer is a computer that is used for running programs that might not be trustworthy such as cracked programs, known viruses or programs downloaded by suspicious websites. These computers are usually virtual machines, however sometimes they may not be to either appear legitimate or to use hardware, such as an unused laptop or an older computer (modern stuff most not being used in case it is capable of damaging the hardware).