GlassWire: The Free Network Security App

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Chances are high that your browser is not the only application which is sending data through the internet. There may be other software’s and programs working which may surprise you and while these may not be damaging actions, they are still something you should know about. GlassWire can help you out with baring it all out for you.

GlassWire is truly beautiful. Having a tool which is actually fun to open and browse through for the whole day can make a difference. The graphs scroll in real time and there is also a zoom slider across the bottom of the window which lets users check out longer periods of time in one instance.

If you notice a lot of activity taking place suddenly, you can easily check out exactly which of the applications on your computer are causing such a rise in activity to occur and which of the internet hosts these applications were communicating with. The graph also makes it possible to distinguish between the outbound traffic and the inbound traffic; the former is shown in yellow whereas the latter is shown in pink. To get a better picture of the network traffic, users can also easily zoom into the graph to show 3 hours, 24 hours or a week’s worth of network activity. While doing so, you will also not experience any lag.

The graph also gives the option of filtering the activity according to the application. GlassWire has made this process relatively fun and easy to conduct. Furthermore, the network activity can also be filtered according to protocol which can help in revealing surprising information because it provides users with large amounts of information. Because GlassWire provides you with such a wealth of information, it allows you to do something with it as well. This is where the built-in firewall comes handy. It allows you to review the apps which are communicating and provides a miniature traffic chart for each. It also has the ability of listing the network hosts with which every app communicates and gives you the ability of deleting the app and muzzling it out once and for all.

While a line chart is good for tracking traffic over time, the pie chart works better to achieve a cumulative total. This can be accessed through the Usage tab which allows users to look at the traffic totals for a given period of time. The tab makes use of the zoom slider as well and makes it possible for users to pick a custom duration and have a look at the network traffic and any spikes which may have occurred during the time to see how much data was consumed and by which apps.

Lastly, there is also traffic occurring when you don’t even use your computer. This is because apps do not need you to be using the computer to communicate on their own. Some apps may even be waiting for you to stop using the computer and for the keyboard and moose to become idle to start talking to the network peers or to the control servers.

Similar to everything GlassWire monitors, this too isn’t necessarily nefarious. It’s quite possible that your online backup app waits for your computer to get idle because it might not want to slow your connection down. Irrespective, it is a good idea for you to have tabs on such things which is where Alerts comes in handy. When you begin working again and unlock your workstation, GlassWire will let you know if anything important took place while you were inactive.

GlassWire thus doesn’t only make it easy for you to learn about the network activity taking place on your computer but it makes it a fun process as users get to use a beautiful design and an interface which is actually responsive. Unlike other apps, there is nothing alarming regarding it and it doesn’t attempt on ruining anything for you. Furthermore, the app is also free however the developer’s website does state that for paying supporters, new features will be added soon.

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