TinyWall

TinyWall Windows firewall on steroids

Apps & Software

A firewall is just like an anti-virus tool a necessary tool against unwanted manipulations. The standard firewall in Windows is decent, but occasionally it saves pop-ups and anyone who wants to block outbound traffic needs to do a more complex configuration of the Windows Firewall with advanced security. TinyWall makes things more user-friendly.

PROS

  • Ready-to-use settings and modes
  • Various whitelist options

NEGATIVES

  • Exceptions management requires knowledge
  • No extra protections such as ‘host-based intrusion prevention’

TinyWall

  • Price Free
  • Language English
  • OS Windows 7/8/10

For the sake of clarity: TinyWall is not a firewall in itself. You can mainly see this tool as a graphical shell around the existing Windows firewall. The intention is actually twofold: to suppress the (annoying) pop-ups of the firewall and to make the more advanced functions more accessible.

Quick menu

Immediately after the installation, TinyWall appears as an icon in the Windows system tray, from which a number of useful functions are immediately available. With a mouse click, you can operate the underlying Windows Firewall in a different mode. Besides disabling the firewall (which we do not recommend) it is possible to allow all outgoing traffic automatically. The latter is the default mode of Windows Firewall, but TinyWall has now ensured that most traffic in the background is stopped. You will notice that if a certain application suddenly no longer functions (correctly). There is an option to learn Auto: Transfers all traffic temporarily, automatically adding the used applications to an exception list (after which this function is closed again). This is useful if you are absolutely certain that all those applications are bona fide.

Exceptions

The automatic learning function is only one way to add certain applications to an exception list. Via the menu or the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + W, you can activate the option Whitelist by the window, after which a program window clicks with the mouse to mark that application as safe. Or you click on a processor executable file of an application, after which TinyWall will leave it undisturbed.

You can fine-tune all the exceptions that are recorded in TinyWall, whereby some knowledge of network protocols can come in handy.

There is also the option Unblock LAN traffic, which allows all internal traffic to pass through properly while blocking traffic to and from the internet: useful for applications and services that (exclusively) want to communicate with your own network.

Conclusion

With TinyWall you can make the built-in Windows Firewall even more robust. Safe processes and applications can be added to an exception list in different ways. Anyone who wants to further fine-tune these exceptions must ultimately have the necessary knowledge.

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