With Glassswire you can check your internet connection in real time and block the traffic of every program and process
As you can see from the flashing lights of the router / modem, when a computer is on and connected to the network it exchanges data continuously, even when you are not doing anything specific or keeping the desktop active without any program. On a Windows PC there are in fact many programs and processes that run in the background and transmit data somewhere: finding out what they connect to and what kind of information is exchanged is difficult without a specific program such as a network monitor with firewall functionality.
To control and protect the internet connection of a computer we can in fact rely on GlassWire which, in addition to working very well as a network monitor and as a system firewall, is so easy to use that even less experienced people can use it effectively.
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Complete Guide to GlassWire
Glasswire is a program that allows you to see everything your computer is doing on the internet, clearly showing which programs are making traffic and the amount of data used by each internet protocol (web, email, FTP and so on).
You can also see a real-time graph of internet usage and it’s a good program not only for checking internet traffic , but also for protecting your PC from malware and software that you don’t want to be transmitted online .
Download and install
GlassWire can be downloaded for free from the official website and does not hide any malware or adware inside, so we can proceed with the installer without problems.
During the installation, the only thing we can initially disable is the automatic start of the program when the computer is turned on, which can be reactivated if you are satisfied. After installation we will have immediate access to the program interface, without any screen for entering the license: GlassWire is in fact available free of charge for all users, but has a paid version with more functions (however optional).
The GlassWire user interface is simple and very clear, as well as being available in Italian (if it is in English just press the top left on the program name and open the Languages menu to change the language).
At the top we will have the various menus with which to access the various functions of this program:
- Graph: shows the graph of active connections and programs that are accessing the Internet at that precise moment.
- Usage: Shows the applications the user uses most and the programs that access the Internet most frequently.
- Things: This screen indicates the networks we are connected to at that precise moment, the networks we have recently accessed, and the other devices on the network.
- Firewall– the program’s security system, which blocks the data traffic of suspicious applications, prevents connection to unsecured networks and protects against hackers.
- Warnings: the screen where you can find all the warnings issued by the program in question.
As already seen in the previous chapter, we can access other GlassWire settings by pressing the program name at the top left, so as to be able to activate the incognito mode, change the app skin, postpone the alerts and access the help page or page of the forum.
How to control data traffic
To check the data traffic on our computer, simply go to the Graph menu and press on one of the “waves” that will appear in the graph.
If we want to check the data traffic generated in the past hours or in the previous days, all we have to do is move the indicator on the timeline below. To further filter incoming or outgoing connections, click on the Applications , Traffic or Authors tab at the top or click on the time indicators at the top right ( Month , Week , 24 hours , 3 days or 5 minutes ).
To get more information on the individual processes or apps that connect to the Internet, we can also click on Usage to find the most expensive processes in terms of accessing the network or identify a hidden process of which we know nothing.
How to activate the firewall
GlassWire is an effective two-way firewall , as it can effectively block the connection to all apps or processes that do not have a Microsoft certificate or that connect without the user’s consent.
To act on the firewall, all we have to do is press on the Firewall menu, press the OFF button at the top (next to Firewall ) and then click on the flame-shaped icon next to the process we intend to block. The app also allows you to create firewall rules , useful for blocking all unwanted apps when we are connected to an insecure Wi-Fi network or a hotspot, thus protecting the PC from malicious people and hackers.
To increase the level of protection with GlassWire we can also open the menu at the top left (with the name of the program), press on Settings , open the Security menu , press on the Lock icon , provide the necessary permissions with account control finally user and ensure that they are operating the following security settings: First of network activity , Stocks control , system file monitoring , Monitor app info , ARP spoofing detection , remote desktop Detection , Monitoring proxy settings , monitoring DNS settings, Suspicious Host Monitoring and Evil Twin WiFi Alert .
All active processes on the PC can be scanned with VirusTotal by simply right clicking on it (in any program screen) and starting the scanning process, so as to immediately discover viruses, malware or other types of network threats.
GlassWire is a simple but effective firewall in ensuring the protection of all Windows PCs, much more significantly than the firewall built into the operating system. In addition to being a firewall, we can use GlassWire to check active processes in memory, find out which app or process most often connects to the Internet and discover any hidden or suspicious processes.