What is the best alternative to Windows Firewall?
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The only thing preventing Tinywall from being a perfect software among the few and far, is its incompatibility with the Windows network discovery and file sharing services. According to the FAQ on the Tinywall website it is claimed that "It is a design deficiency in Windows File and Printer Sharing" and not of the Tinywall software. Sadly, the bottom line is it does not work, and it is not possible to browse the local network without some frustrating workarounds. A solution offered to this problem states to "map your remote folder/drive to a local drive letter (enable it to reconnect every time you log on)" This is an absolutely disappointing solution and something that is not as simple to do as it sounds. There seems to be a lack of interest to fix this issue since it seems the software is not actively maintained and new releases are spanned very far apart. Regardless of this major issue, Tinywall is in a class of its own and the best at what it does. I am sincerely hoping that the author of the software may address this issue in a future release. See More
... which hardens security, altough this can be viewed as a con by some. If the user doesn't take an action to allow a program (TinyWall asks before allowing that) to "go out", it won't automatically allow it, as some other firewall programs do. However, this feature is probably the best of it because it will never allow any malicious software to start, even if it was downloaded on the user's computer. See More
If, for example, you have to use a script that might download some tools (e.g. installs Rust), the easiest way is to enable the Learning mode. In that mode any application without rule can connect but it is logged as new rule (for later verification). An option is missing to allow all applications/processes which were launched as the current one, including all child processes. See More
When wondering why some application behaves wrong, it's not easy to remember that the TinyWall might be the reason - because there was no rule yet for the specified application. For firewalls that show a notification, this could be connected more easily. See More
If one's using 3-4 programs for accessing the internet, it would be OK for them to whitelist them manually. But if one has many programs that use internet like Steam, any audio player to listen to an online radio, an internet browser and many others, it would be a little annyoing to do all that manually. On top of that the user will have to whitelist manually every single executable of the program that uses internet, which includes executables named "updater.exe", like the one Skype has. If not whitelisted manually - no updates. See More
Optional installs include VPN, System Speedup, a password manager, browser extensions, and a hardened browser. In the case that you've downloaded the Free Suite (not recomended), you can uninstall the above mentioned additional downloads with Avira's Connect app or any uninstaller utility software. This flexibility to cherry pick your extra software keeps the bloatware down somewhat. See More
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