GlassWire Firewall: The best Windows firewall of all time
Since I got a laptop with the preinstalled crappy Windows OS, I was constantly searching for a good firewall program to secure my system. And I tried them all, well, most of them.
I stuck with Comodo Firewall for a long time. Because there was nothing that came close to it in terms of features, function and performance. But I had some doubts about the company in general. When I managed to land some free premium Antivirus keys through giveaways, I decided to ditch Comodo forever. Generally Antivirus and Security software come bundled with a firewall and I was enthusiastic to see their effectiveness.
However, when my license expired and I failed to secure another premium key through giveaways, I desperately had to find a better solution.
I went through dozens of tech forums and read people’s recommendations of various firewalls; then, as a last resort, looked up all the possible firewall websites directly through the search engine. And I came across GlassWire.
I was one of the early GlassWire users when the software was still in beta stage. As soon as I downloaded and installed it, I knew this was the firewall I had been searching for. It was the perfect firewall that suited all my needs. I could see a continuous graph that showed my internet usage in real time, highlighted by all new programs that went online in that duration. I could view all outgoing connections listed by the process/program that pinged online. I could view my internet usage by month, week or day; see the type of traffic that each app was transmitting together with destination IP addresses. That’s right folks. I could see each IP address that was pinged by a particular Windows process or user app, with the flag of the country that IP belonged to. And when I was away, the firewall saved the alerts for me about every process or program that accessed the internet. I was even alerted when a malicious program tried to change my DNS servers. With a simple click I could block any program from connecting online. And with another click, I could readily allow internet access.
It was also at this time that I learned how to use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. From there, I could block internet access to all the useless apps to narrow down the list on my GlassWire firewall. GlassWire coupled with Windows Firewall served me well. Block sites using the hosts file and things get even better.
The software has minimal resource usage and is quite light on systems compared to other firewalls. This is quite important considering how slow the bloated Windows becomes when running multiple programs.
Computer Security is a continuous learning process. With the tools I had acquired I could see how often programs were pinging online to check for updates, confirm license registration or simply to inform the servers that I was now online.
When I was hit by a dormant ransomware, GlassWire helped pinpoint the software that compromised my system.
I have since moved to a more secure computing environment and thought it’s time I shared my experience. When I was using it, the software was largely unknown. The articles on the media didn’t emphasize on how special it was, leaving most of the people to ignore it.
I just did my part.
I was using the free version of GlassWire. But if you have money to spend on software, I would definitely recommend the paid version. In May 2016, GlassWire hit 3 million downloads. But with half a billion users running Windows 10 alone, and Windows OS being the most popular and widely used across the globe, GlassWire needs a lot more recognition.
I should warn you that with the increasing popularity, GlassWire firewall increases it’s chances of being compromised by Intelligence Agencies for their nefarious activities. So keep that in mind and watch out for any irregularities.