GlassWire is an attractive, easy-to-use network monitor.
The program opens with a scrolling graph detailing the peaks and troughs of your internet traffic. No complex details, no TCP/ UDP splits, no tables of figures: just a simple chart which shows you at a glance if something heavy-duty has just gone online.
It's a basic start, but more information is never far away. For example, when a program accesses the web for the first time, a "New" icon is displayed above that part of the graph. Clicking it displays the date and time of that connection, the program which initiated it, and whatever site or resource it was trying to reach.
Clicking the Apps button displays details on the programs that have accessed your connection recently, including the amount of data they're uploaded and downloaded.
The Traffic button details your internet activity by traffic type: http, https, ssdp, pop3 and more.
Initially, all this data only relates to the last five minutes, but that's easily changed. There are buttons to display the last 3 hours, 24 hours or week of activity. Even if you stay at five minutes, it's straightforward to drag that window back in time to look at whatever peak or period you like.
Alternatively, clicking the Usage tab moves away from the graph and displays a more analytical view of the data. We saw our most network-hungry apps, the most common hosts and traffic types, the total amount of incoming and outgoing traffic, and more.
The Alerts tab has yet another view of your data, highlighting any new programs which have connected to the web recently.
A simple firewall displays network activity in real time and allows you to break particular connections with a click. This isn't capable enough to act as your only firewall and is probably the weakest part of the product, but it's not otherwise a problem. The firewall was disabled by default on our test PC and didn't conflict with our security software.
What's new in v2.0.91 (see changelog for more)?
- Software update notifications will now no longer appear when GlassWire's Snooze mode is on. This was requested by gamers who didn't want to see our update notification while gaming, or streaming live.
- There is now more "info" when receiving a notice about a "new" application accessing the network. Click the "info" button and you can now see more details about the app and block it without having to open GlassWire.
- Fixed a bug that caused GlassWire to incorrectly convert extremely large volumes of data incorrectly under its "Usage" tab. Thanks for letting us know about this in the GlassWire forum!
- Microsoft Windows Defender apps are now white listed by GlassWire so they won't be blocked. This avoids Windows Defender giving GlassWire false positives.
- Fixed a bug that caused scrolling on our "alerts" screen to not scroll properly with a mouse wheel, when the cursor was placed in a certain part of the window. Thanks for posting this in the forum also!
- Fixed a bug that caused the GlassWire service to crash repeatedly for some GlassWire users. If you have been having this issue please try updating GlassWire. Thank you to the people who helped us test and fix this issue.
- Many small fixes with typos and other small things.
An easy-to-use free network monitor which provides many useful ways to view your internet activities