If Microsoft had included a little app like this, many users would not need to install a 3rd party firewall. By installing this, one can manage the Windows firewall quite well. I think it may be a little too advanced for people who don't understand firewalls or the computer much.
In recommended mode it will block many apps from downloading anything. It is easily remedied by allowing the app(s) to by pass the firewall by adding it on the list.
Excellent for advanced users, small installation and no need to install another firewall. But may be too difficult to manage for the dumbfounded.
...and even advanced for that matter. The best way to sum this up in non technical terms that standard users can understand? This takes a firewall that can be messy and tedious for some and transforms it into an easy user interface where you have easier options at the click of a button.
If you have no idea how to use this, you need to do some reading on security and firewalls which there are many who do but yes, this makes managing Windows firewall very easy.
This makes my life easier by suggesting this to people who only want the Windows firewall but don't grasp how to get around it, for this, I give it a 5.
This security add-on is a must have for solid windows 7 users who get used to managing programs through windows' advance firewall settings.
I've been a windows 7 user since it's beta launch and I find it a bit time-consuming configuringbacking-uprestoring firewall setting with its default firewall manager but with TinyWall, managing programs' interaction through LAN and the internet feels like a breeze. I know that this program is still at its beta stage but the 2.0 release is a huge leap from previous one which i am subscribed of. Given the fact that it is just months old, it's not surprising that it is being featured and downloaded so many times due to its fancy interface that does not intimidate even an average pc user and at the same time, lets you configure firewall settings more comprehensively. There are of course minor features that it lacks like batch clean up of invalid path entries and wider database of non-malicious programs on its auto-detect mode but I'm positive that it will be pointed as well to be added to next major releases to which everyone anticipates, me included. I would also like the innovative approach of the author by automatically blocking the programs accessing the internet and at the same time giving us the auto-learn mode and the "3" white listing options to give permissions to every programs we'd like excempted. Thanks to the author and those who are actively participating in developing this tiny yet powerful program. More power!
This is a great addition to any computer. It works great and very configurable. It controls programs coming in or out of the computer. For novices it might be intimidating but the documentation will take care of those concerns. Two-Thumbs Up!
I have use this TinyWall and it gives me a lot of control for internet trafic. It does not give any problem when I use it...and it seems to do the work by protecting me. I feel this software is better than the firewall free such as Zonealarm free. Because tinywall is not too big and does not slow down my computer, I will introduce my friends to this great software...
The Windows firewall is actually pretty darn good as far as the protection layers goes. The problem is that the default settings are insecure and the configuration way too complicated. TinyWall overcomes this by hardening the default rules and making it much easier to configure the firewall. It can also block known malware connections by port or web address (although this list cannot be edited or viewed).
The only caveat with TW is that it blocks all traffic by default, which can be a problem if you want to install it on a machine that you access remotely. They should make this an option during installation.
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