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What is a Fiber-Optic Christmas Tree? (with picture)


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A fiber-optic Christmas tree is a type of artificial decorative tree that is typically used indoors and meant for display around the celebration of Christmas. This type of tree can be made in a number of different ways, and may range from a plastic tree that uses optical fibers to provide lighting for the tree to a multitude of optical fibers arranged in the general shape of a tree to create an abstract impression of a tree using light. A fiber-optic Christmas tree typically requires less maintenance than other types of artificial trees, and may require less power as well.

A fiber-optic Christmas tree may be displayed in people's homes during the Christmas holiday.

There are many different ways in which a fiber-optic Christmas tree can be designed, and a number of different manufacturers that make them. In general, however, these trees are typically pre-lit using optical fibers, sometimes called fiber optics, to provide lighting for the tree. Optical fibers are thin cables that transmit light and other forms of energy signals throughout them, using different levels of reflection to allow the light to escape only where it is intended to do so. This allows a tree to be designed using optical fibers to light the tree in specific points or to provide overall lighting throughout the fibers.

One of the most common types of fiber-optic Christmas tree is an artificial tree with plastic limbs and “needles” that is pre-lit using optical fibers. This type of tree is generally similar in shape to an actual pine tree, with limbs and needles made from metal and plastic, from which other ornaments can be hung. Optical fibers are placed through the tree and designed to emit light only at their tips. One or more light sources is then used with the Christmas tree to illuminate the optical fibers, and the tip of each one provides lighting for the tree, fairly similar to traditional Christmas tree light bulbs.

The other common type of fiber-optic Christmas tree consists entirely, or almost entirely, of optical fibers and does not use metal or plastic to create artificial pine tree limbs. This type of tree usually has a base and central pillar, similar to the trunk of the tree, which can be illuminated as well and from which hundreds of optical fibers extend. These are designed to provide illumination throughout their length, rather than only at their tips, and are arranged to create the overall shape of a pine tree. The entire shape of the fiber-optic Christmas tree consists of light, and it can even be designed to change colors while illuminated.

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A fibre optic Christmas tree is an ideal way to add some festive cheer without having to worry about cleaning up fallen pine needles.

A fibre optic tree uses LED technology rather than traditional halogen. Most of the trees will have strands of plastic tubes surrounded by a reflective coating, which results in a striking display of lights. It works by simply plugging it into a socket, where you will see the ends of the branches light up or flicker between colours.

Fibre optic trees have their lights directly built into the tree, whereas pre-lit Christmas trees have LED lights hand-strung in between the branches. Fibre optic Christmas trees are much more energy efficient and economical, and these types of trees are safe to use around the whole family as they do not reach accelerated temperatures or use UV rays. The trees only give out light — not heat — which makes them one of the safest around.

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There is never too much cybersecurity, especially in today's realities where cybercriminals strive to be one step ahead of the latest malware detection tools and use increasingly sophisticated hacking methods. In such conditions, the antivirus installed on the PC alone is clearly not enough. A comprehensive approach is needed to counteract modern digital threats, which can be implemented using the so-called sandbox programs (from the English. Sandbox).

The key advantage of Sandbox applications is the high level of reliability and security, as well as ease of use. They allow literally two or three clicks to deploy isolated environments in which you can safely run any programs without the risk of harming the operating system installed on the computer or affecting its stability. Thanks to this, sandboxes can be used to run untrusted or potentially dangerous software, view documents and files of dubious origin, as well as safely surf the Internet, including checking suspicious emails, links, and network resources.

Sandbox technologies can be used in many ways. The most important thing is to choose the right toolkit, which will help you choose our selection of sandboxes for the Windows platform, which is widely in demand all over the world.

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Windows Sandbox

Developer: Microsoft.
Product website:
Cost: free (included in OS).

Let's start the review with the simplest and most affordable option - the built-in Windows 10/11 sandbox that comes with the Pro and Enterprise editions of the operating system.

Windows Sandbox is based on the Hyper-V hypervisor and containerization technologies. As a result, to run the sandbox, you need a PC based on a processor with support for hardware virtualization and at least 4 GB of RAM. By default, the Sandbox feature is disabled on the system. To activate it, you need to open the "Windows Components" menu through the control panel, check the box next to the "Windows Sandbox" item, wait for the installation of the necessary system files and restart the OS.

Windows Sandbox is a virtual machine with a lightweight copy of the OS, all changes to which are automatically rolled back when the sandbox is closed, and each time the sandbox is started from scratch in its pure form. This approach eliminates the need to remove programs installed in the virtual environment and saves a lot of time.

Unlike a classic virtual machine, when using a sandbox, there is no need to bother installing, configuring and licensing a separate copy of Windows on your own. The second important point is that Sandbox uses a dynamically created OS image, which is formed based on the files and DLL libraries of the system installed on the computer. As a result, the sandboxed VM takes up less disk space and consumes far fewer resources.

You can only run Windows Sandbox in one instance. To manage sandbox and secure environment settings (enable/disable GPU virtualization, network support, shared folders with the host system and clipboard, run scripts), you can use configuration files with the .wsb extension. You can learn about the features of working with them on this page of the Microsoft website.


Microsoft Defender Application Guard

Developer: Microsoft.
Product website:
Cost: free (included in OS).

If you plan to use the sandbox only for secure web surfing, then instead of installing Windows Sandbox, you can limit yourself to the Application Guard module that functions in conjunction with Microsoft Defender antivirus.

To use Application Guard, you need to activate the corresponding menu item in the "Windows Components" window, wait for the installation of system files and restart the OS.

After restarting the computer, the Edge browser that comes with Windows will be able to run the web browser in an isolated environment that uses Hyper-V virtualization technologies. When Application Guard is enabled, you can safely open any sites and not be afraid that the malicious code hosted on them will be able to go beyond the sandbox and harm the system.

The Application Guard icon in the Microsoft Edge toolbar indicates that the browser is indeed running in a sandboxed environment.

In addition to Edge, the sandbox can be used in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox by installing the Application Guard extension in the browser, available for download from the Chrome Web Store and Firefox Browser Add-ons.

Application Guard also integrates with Microsoft 365 Suite and allows you to open office documents in a secure environment. The function is extremely useful, but, alas, it is available only in the solutions of the software giant for the corporate market segment. For this reason, we leave it outside the scope of our review.



Developer: David Xanatos.
Product website:
Price: Free with limited features (to remove restrictions, you can purchase a certificate worth $20 or more).

Another solution available to the general public for working with applications in an isolated environment. Distinctive features of Sandboxie are open source code, support for Windows 7/8. 1/10/11 and an unlimited number of sandboxes, as well as a huge variety of various settings that allow you to flexibly configure the parameters of protected environments. The presence of hardware virtualization on the computer is not required, which is an undoubted advantage of the program. In addition, Sandboxie can be installed as a portable application and run from a flash drive on any computer.

With Sandboxie, you can create lists of executable files that run automatically in the sandbox, configure application access policies to Windows system components and computer resources, configure built-in firewall rules for each process, and rigorously monitor all program actions and changes they make. For each of the sandboxes, Sandboxie allows you to pin an individual set of settings. Supports integration with the working environment of Windows and quick launch of applications in the sandbox through the context menu of Explorer. For clarity, the windows of "isolated" programs are surrounded by a yellow frame.

Unlike other sandbox applications on the market, Sandboxie requires a smart approach to configuring sandboxes, and the wrong settings of sandboxes can seriously weaken protection against malicious software. For this reason, we recommend this tool to those who are well versed in IT and thoroughly know all the intricacies of Windows operating systems. Mistakes made can be very costly.


SHADE Sandbox

Developer: SHADE Sandbox LLC.
Product website:
Starting at $30 (30-day trial available).

Sandbox created by our compatriot, graduate of Dubna State University, founder of SHADE Sandbox LLC Evgeny Balabanov.

SHADE Sandbox has an ascetic interface, and the program management itself is based on the drag-and-drop principle - to include an application in a protected environment, it is enough to transfer its shortcut to the sandbox start window. There are practically no settings as such: only virtual directory viewers are available, acting as a link between the host OS and isolated environments, as well as tools for quickly cleaning sandboxes from file garbage. It supports simultaneous work with several protected environments and integration with Windows Explorer. Hardware virtualization is not required to work with SHADE Sandbox, which allows the program to be used on older PCs.

Comodo Free Antivirus

Developer: Comodo Security Solutions.
Product website:
Cost: free.

An anti-virus solution, an important component of which (in relation to our review) is a built-in sandbox. Usually, such tools are offered only in commercial products, but here the American developer Comodo Security Solutions made a pleasant exception.

Comodo Free Antivirus supports multiple sandboxes at the same time and allows you to control the level of protection they provide. In particular, for isolated environments, you can open access to certain files and folders on the computer, as well as to the clipboard, specified keys and values ​​​​of the Windows registry. It is also possible to configure the automatic launch in the sandbox of applications that require elevated privileges in the system or have a low rating according to the rating scale of the antivirus and the cloud analytical services it uses. Sandbox password protection is provided.

To understand the "inner kitchen" of isolated environments and view the processes functioning in them, there is a built-in task manager. With it, you can analyze the behavior of programs, view the rating of the processes they run, block the execution of individual executable files, and perform other administrative tasks.

Overall, Comodo Free Antivirus gives the impression of a well-made product. It is free and at the same time does not annoy the user with intrusive advertising banners like other antiviruses distributed free of charge. The only remark: during the installation process, the program strives to install the proprietary Comodo Dragon Web Browser browser - here you need to be careful.

Avast Premium Security

Developer: Avast Software.
Product website:
Starting at $40/year (30-day trial available).

Commercial antivirus with many protective features, including the ability to create secure environments. At the same time, there is no need to install the entire set of modules included in Avast Premium Security, you can limit yourself to only a sandbox - the program installer allows this possibility.

The set of functions offered by the Avast Premium Security sandbox is quite modest: you can block access to the Internet for “virtualized” applications, allow data to be transferred outside the isolated environment, and make a list of programs automatically launched in a protected environment.

A simple task manager is provided to monitor the processes running in the sandbox.

Avast Software has been working in the field of information security for almost a quarter of a century, has a good reputation, and therefore there is no doubt about the reliability and practicality of the software solutions of the Czech developer. Unfortunately, in light of recent geopolitical events, the company has suspended the sale of its products in Russia and Belarus, so now you can only buy antivirus in a roundabout way. Downloading distributions is also blocked - to bypass this restriction, you must use a VPN.


360 Total Security

Developer: Beijing Qihu Keji.
Product website:
Cost: free.

Another antivirus that supports working with Sandbox environments. Developed in China and in the free version it is hung with banners like a Christmas tree - a typical phenomenon for almost all software products from the Celestial Empire.

Unlike the Comodo Free Antivirus and Avast Premium Security mentioned above, the 360 ​​Total Security software package requires virtualization support at the hardware level - the sandbox will not work without it. For some reason, this important point is not noted in the documentation attached to the program, but you should pay attention to it.

The 360 ​​Total Security sandbox largely resembles competing solutions in terms of functionality. You can block access to the network for isolated applications and manage the storage settings for files created in the sandbox. A choice of programs for automatic launch in a secure environment and a simple task manager are available.

In addition to the sandbox and the actual antivirus, 360 Total Security carries a bunch of software components of dubious value, such as a disk drive analyzer and an OS optimizer. It is not possible to refuse this ballast, and in vain to clog a computer disk with unnecessary software is a rather dubious undertaking, in our opinion. Apparently, Chinese developers think differently.



The range of Sandbox applications for the Windows platform and individual users cannot be called extensive - you have to choose from what is. Of the sandboxes listed in the review, we can safely recommend Windows Sandbox, Microsoft Defender Application Guard and Comodo Free Antivirus (if you don’t mind the “appendage” in the form of an antivirus).

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