Is Glasswire Firewall

  • Safe but bad

    Votes: 3 5.5%
  • Safe and good

    Votes: 30 54.5%
  • Bad but safe

    Votes: 6 10.9%
  • I don't know

    Votes: 15 27.3%
  • Unsafe

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Total voters
    55
  • Poll closed .

FixxeS

New Member
I was the guy that voted GW as "unsafe". the thing is... GW is not what you guys are thinking it is... in fact, you have no idea of what is glasswire... glasswire is not a firewall... Glasswire stands for a internet monitoring and control application. this is the answer I got when I asked why I was having the exact same protection WITH or WITHOUT glasswire:

"GlassWIre uses the Windows Firewall API so it stays as light as possible. It's true, we are more of a network security monitor than a firewall but when we talk about GlassWire we often use the word "Firewall" because network security monitor is not something most people understand easily."

reading that, you would be as safe as you are with glasswire installed. the only reason I would use GW would be the fact of it's information, but the tab it has to block applications lacks in so much information... the usage tab is fine, but all the other tabs are somewhat useless. right now I am betting more on a 360TS + windows firewall control 4 than glasswire... at least WFC4 is more complete, not BETA... another better option than GW is tinywall... but I am talking about windows firewall managers. if you want a REAL firewall, just go for comodo, avast, avg or other... GW will never protect yu against anything.

Yes, I have used it in the past myself. It is very good for monitoring outbound connections, as you can actually see what IP your programs are connecting to - not just which programs but also where. If you buy the paid version it is a lifetime license and unlocks "block and notify" along with a few other features. Block and notify blocks a new connection attempt if the program attempting to connect doesn't have a rule yet, until you acknowledge the notification and say allow (or block).

GlassWire is supposed to be able to detect ARP spoofing but in my tests it did NOT detect my ARP spoof attacks. Other than that I find it very useful, just don't rely on it to detect ARP spoof or MiTM attacks.
in the case of Shran, that failure you experienced, is a failure from windows firewall and not GW. as I said, GW is not a firewall, it's a windows firewall manager, and that failure will remain there having GW installed or not.
 

FixxeS

New Member
Glasswire is OK. It is basic. It allows user to block outbound connections - which is more user-friendly than blocking them via Windows Firewall.

To me, seems emphasis is on pretty graphics... and all those graphics consume memory. Although, I will admit, Glasswire resource usage is quite low compared to most other security related softs.

If they added a few additional features then it would be much better.

Plus, the paid version is very expensive for what you actually get.
well, I need to tell you that GW is not even a firewall, it's a firewall manager, and as firewall manager is not monitoring you connection... windows firewall is monitoring the connection and GW is only consuming resources and your internet bandwich for a thing that most users don't even know what is... and if you are worried about making it easy to manage firewall settings, you can always install tinywall for that...
 
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well, I need to tell you that GW is not even a firewall, it's a firewall manager, and as firewall manager is not monitoring you connection... windows firewall is monitoring the connection and GW is only consuming resources and your internet bandwich for a thing that most users don't even know what is... and if you are worried about making it easy to manage firewall settings, you can always install tinywall for that...
What 'firewall' would you recommend?
 
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well, I need to tell you that GW is not even a firewall, it's a firewall manager, and as firewall manager is not monitoring you connection... windows firewall is monitoring the connection and GW is only consuming resources and your internet bandwich for a thing that most users don't even know what is... and if you are worried about making it easy to manage firewall settings, you can always install tinywall for that...
Yes. It is simply a GUI for Windows Firewall.
 

pneuma1985

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Comodo or Binisoft are both good windows firewall options! Binisoft is like GW on steroids and has all the options and firewall control that GW doesn't. It's a true WFW controller GUI vs a "network monitor" Comodo is harder to use IMO with all its crazy options etc... Taken me weeks to get all of its options down. Though I'm a novice with CIS, but I love it after figuring it out :p
Binisoft on the other hand is pretty easy to understand and a good option for Windows Firewall Control.
 
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jamescv7

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Its good and safe, I've currently using the free version where all of information on the connections are shown properly and comprehensive.

The graphics is slick enough to make user convince on installing in the system.

Other useful features are on paid license although very expensive where you can get other alternative.
 
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jackuars

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well, I need to tell you that GW is not even a firewall, it's a firewall manager, and as firewall manager is not monitoring you connection... windows firewall is monitoring the connection and GW is only consuming resources and your internet bandwich for a thing that most users don't even know what is... and if you are worried about making it easy to manage firewall settings, you can always install tinywall for that...
There are a number of firewalls for Windows, but there is unlike anything like Glasswire for Free. It's an advanced network and bandwidth monitoring software showing you a host of network usage reports with a simple but extremely easy to use firewall. You don't have to create rules for blocking connections, it simply does it by clicking a button. When most users don't know how to control or use the advanced features of a firewall, why wouldn't they want to know whats happening with their PC online.
 

noelis

New Member
It's a nice expensive graphical toy.....not more....
Why Qihoo it as a tool offers, I honestly do not understand....
Qihoo and Windows FW is sufficient in my opinion.
if someone is really looking for a good firewall, then I would suggest Comodo or SpyShelter....
 
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jAcos

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Good discussion! tnx! Can I ask if I can use GlassWire with TinyWall? Can be? Please help :)
 
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Ray Redbad

When the Windows firewall is on, Glasswire will let you block an application.

When the Windows firewall is off, Glasswire won't let you block an application.

Glasswire doesn't affect in any way or care about whatever other firewall you might be running. The other firewall is the one you will be blocking with and must be blocking with if Windows' is on.

The free will evoke a notification of an application's first connect out. You must then find the application under the firewall tab and block it manually if that is your plan. This is reactive. At any time you can block or un-block any application at will.

The paid version will popup an alert for allow or block for the first time any application that connects out. This is pro-active. At any time you can block or un-block any application at will as well as set to Ask to Connect.

Windows Firewall or another or both, there is so much more to Glasswire in its real-time monitoring and history of network and application activity and security.

Their Web site is loaded with details (free vs paid, etc.) and screen shots. And do a search on Glasswire in Google Images.

Additional layers of protection are available in Settings:
GlasswireSecurity.jpg

And for free (and paid) you can't beat this kind of logging:
GlasswireSecLog.jpg

I've been using one paid and three free on four systems for almost two years, two 7 and two 10, two with Bitdefender Internet Security, one with Zone Alarm Free w/o AV & BD Free, one just Windows Firewall & Defender.

No slowdowns, no crashes, no issues. There is so much to Glasswire, I can't imagine computing without it.
 
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Ray Redbad

Well, to save my life, edit won't let me add this to my post above.
GlasswireTrayMenu.jpg
 

jackuars

Level 23
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I've had no problems with Glasswire till now, when it started using the internet for no reason and it's not even been shown in the Firewall menu. It consumes my bandwidth in full and yet Glasswire firewall or even any other Firewall does not detect it.
 

Myriad

Level 7
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I tried Glasswire Free last year for a couple of weeks when I was looking for a network usage monitor and it worked just fine for that.

I thought it was a bit heavy on resource usage but there were other factors that made me abandon it .
It uses an internal local host proxy , and I'm not comfortable with all my internet traffic passing through it.
( Also installs it's own certificate in the certificate store ) .

It's not for me really , but nice app otherwise .