There are many perks to using a virtual machine. Being able to run multiple operating systems simultaneously is an advantage many desire, as is the general flexibility that virtual machines can offer. A virtual machine can help in taking preventative measures against cyber-attacks. They can also add a security blanket for dark web browsing. Operating a Linux-based virtual machine might be beneficial to Windows users that want ample protection and more options.
Popular software for virtual machine technology is VirtualBox. Available on the majority of operating systems, VirtualBox is easily accessed and constantly updating. VirtualBox is easy to understand with its friendly interface and optimal speed. The official website explains,
“VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.”
VirtualBox’s top OS recommendation is any Linux based system. By choosing a platform like Ubuntu or Kali, the user can take maximum security measures to protect themselves. One of the biggest threats to the online community is losing access to important files. By operating VirtualBox, users are able to back up their files easily. By using both VirtualBox and an OS like Ubuntu users are also able to build a security wall between their virtual system and their main system.
Even more, VirtualBox can give access to tools normally inaccessible due to OS restrictions (i.e. Windows vs. Ubuntu). All Linux based systems have a directory of OS-based programs and scripts. These include proxies, fuzzing utensils, and hundreds of multi-use scripts.