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What file access do programs have if I install them? Can they see everything?

I am thinking on installing League of Legends, but I am not sure about the privacy implications of doing so. If I install it, would it be able to read all the other files in my computer? If it can, can I avoid the problem by using a guest account on my computer to play? Riot's privacy policy seems to be standard as far data mining goes, but I would like to know how much it can see if install it. I am playing on a Mac.

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  1. cwagner
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    For anyone running windows, you can use Sandboxie. It’s freeware while they are preparing to open source it (they got bought by Sophos).

    For anyone running windows, you can use Sandboxie. It’s freeware while they are preparing to open source it (they got bought by Sophos).

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    joplin
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    It depends on whether it's sandboxed or not. Since it's not on the app store, I'm going to assume that it's not sandboxed, which means that it can read anything you can read. If you play it from a...

    It depends on whether it's sandboxed or not. Since it's not on the app store, I'm going to assume that it's not sandboxed, which means that it can read anything you can read. If you play it from a guest account, that would keep it from seeing things in your personal account, but not necessarily other stuff on your computer, such as which programs you have installed.

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    1. [3]
      Wolf
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      Thanks for clarifying. The guest account seems to be the way to go then, since I don't really know how to sandbox a program. Do you know if I can sandbox on a Mac?

      Thanks for clarifying. The guest account seems to be the way to go then, since I don't really know how to sandbox a program. Do you know if I can sandbox on a Mac?

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        skybrian
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        It's not normally something you can do yourself for a game. A guest account seems like the way to go.

        It's not normally something you can do yourself for a game. A guest account seems like the way to go.

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        1. Wolf
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          Alright thanks!

          Alright thanks!

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