For a project I have been contracted to work on a collaborating Chinese programmer has provided some software to simplify some tasks. I am unaware whether this software package contains malware or not. I would like to run this software and still protect my computer.
While I am not a Ubuntu noob I am newish to the OS. I understand that under Windows I run the risk of infecting my entire computer.
I am wondering what would be the best practice to protect my computer, private information, and data. Can I create a new user account and install the software with that account? Will that only protect the information on my primary login but not the computer as a whole? Note - the software involves running from ./softwarename.sh. The software is provided as a complete package and I do not have to download it (or anything) from the internet. I do not have to install any packages, third-party libraries etc. All I need to do is run a remote license manager (rlm) via a shell script and start the software from a shell script.