TinyWall – Tool to Enhance Firewall Security of Windows Vista and 7
TinyWall is a free tool which works with the Windows Vista and 7 firewall to enhance its security. It will automatically block outgoing connections by all but a few recognized installed programs, for instance (IE, Firefox and so on). And unusually, if you launch an internet-facing application which isn’t on the approved list then there’s no pop-up alert; the connection is just blocked.
This behaviour is intentional, as the author thinks (not unreasonably) that when presented with these Allow/ Deny alerts, most users just always click “Allow”. But of course by not having an alert at all, it does mean that you may initially have a few problems, as some programs simply stop working for no immediately obvious reason.
Explore TinyWall’s menus and you’ll find many other useful options. So you can temporarily block or allow all web traffic in a couple of clicks, say. It’s possible to customise your firewall’s application exceptions in several useful ways, and a handy connection viewer shows you which processes are communicating online right now.
- TinyWall does not Annoy you with popups at all, yet it is still extremely easy to add exceptions to your firewall rules.
- TinyWall actively blocks hundreds of trojans, viruses and worms.
- TinyWall makes use of network zones, allowing you to specify different behaviour when you’re at home, at work or in the public.
- TinyWall prevents malicious programs from modifying the settings of Windows Firewall.
- TinyWall uses Windows’ own firewall for filtering and does not install drivers or other kernel components.
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