GlassWire – A Very Nice Looking Network Security Monitor and Firewall Tool

When it comes to network security monitoring, GlassWire is not only a good-looking guy but also a hardworking intelligent fellow who knows what he’s doing. It displays your network activities in real-time on an easy to understand graph while searching for unusual internet behaviors that could lead to malware or phishing attempts to your own privacy at the same time. It runs silently out-of-the-way at the background and only sends out alerts when anything unusual is detected. Best of all, it’s free and it runs on Windows.

Installation

The installation process is very easy and straightforward, totally designed for newbies. Download the installation file from their website and you will have the program running within one minute or two.

GlassWire currently only works for Windows 7 and Windows 8, including both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

User Interface

It’s really a nice good-looking guy, with a simplified user interface that only has 4 tabs at top, identified as Graph, Firewall, Usage, Alerts. Very well-organized, and easy to figure out.

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Features

GlassWire is a very neat network tool with loads of features that provides not only real-time network traffic monitoring but also internet security with built-in firewall capabilities.

Graph tab displays the network traffic in real-time. You can switch the view between Apps and Traffic mode, or simply select to view in all mode. You can also take screenshot on a specific time frame and save it onto your computer, acting like a Network Time Machine.

GlassWire - Graph

Jump over to the Usage tab, that’s the place where you keep track of your daily, weekly, or monthly bandwidth usage. You can see what apps, traffic, or hosts are using the most bandwidth. If you see something suspicious, simply click the icon of the app or traffic type to get more details about this particular traffic.

GlassWire - Usage

Alerts sent from GlassWire only appear briefly as a notification balloon popping out of the System Tray and then disappear into the background within seconds. You can also go to Alerts tab to view all past alerts in detail.

GlassWire - alert popup

If you don’t like to see some specific types of alerts or just simply don’t want to be bothered at all, you can turn off these security alerts from Settings menu.

GlassWire - Settings Security Alerts

Remote Server Monitoring

It’s also worth noting that GlassWire monitors not only your local network activities but also remote server’s as well. Simply install GlassWire network monitors on your server and specify the server name in Remote Server section under Client tab in Settings window.

GlassWire - Remote Server setting

Verdict

Overall, GlassWire is a very nicely craft network monitoring tool for Windows systems with bunch of cool features that you don’t normally see from a freeware. It’s still fairly new to the market but to me it’s got great potential moving forward. Enjoy.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/13/2014

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