I know pirated movies .avi, .mp4 etc can contain a payload to exploit the media player been used to open the movie, or any file pdf office documents.
I use Linux but assume that's unsafe. What's a secure way to open these files and be certain they can't infect the host OS? I used to think using a live USB was a good way, I know a live USB has write access to the hard disk and could rewrite the MBR for a rootkit etc
Not sure a write protected USB or cd would help here, possibly removing the hard disk while using a live USB would solve it been able to write to the hard disk only small chance of bios been a vector then?
I know about Sandboxie for Windows and firejail for Linux I'm not sure firejail or sandboxie is a good method, also heard of using virtual machines.
I also own a Chromebook. They're meant to be security hardened so much, a drive-by on a website shouldn't infect them so I want to know if infected media files and others could be opened on ChromeOS safely. I guess I could stream from an infected site without been infected if sandboxing the os is that safe.
I know everyone has their own opinion about piracy. I only want helpful answers for the circumstances I'm asking about.