Glasswire might just be your complete network monitoring and security tool, for both professionals user and home users. I have found from use that it becomes an asset to your security policy, being that at work or home.
Glasswire is packed full of features that are designed to not only make your life easier, but also give you piece of mind that your computer is safe from malicious software such as remote Keyloggers and Trojans. This proves evident when you consider the Webcam and Mic detection feature that will notify you if your webcam or mic is activated. And after the leaked documents from Edward Snowden, this concern is ever more prominent. The amount of people you see with tape or a cover over their laptops webcam is not to be ignored. And rather than placing a sticker or tape over your webcam you could simply turn on the webcam and mic detection feature.
The webcam and Mic detection feature can also be used in conjunction with the network monitor, and if Glasswire detected the webcam was in use and you are to see suspicious network activity you would be able to deduce that there could be a Trojan or other remote element on the PC. These features combined make Glasswire a force to be reckoned with in regard to preserving your privacy and preventing your system being compromised.
Have you ever wanted to know what or how many devices are connected to your WiFi network, well Glasswire has the solution. Under the network tab you can choose to scan your network and from there it will build a list of all of the device connected to the network.
This will then let you label each device. The ability to label the devices is a nice touch considering in some household there could be as many as 4 iPhone’s that would all be identified by the same name. And by labeling all of your devices each time you notice an unrecognised device on the network you will be able to carry out an investigation and remove any labeled device from the equation.
As well as this it also has a built in firewall, that can alow you to block or allow certain applciaitons from accessing the outside world. This feature could be very useful if you are to notices some suspicous activity and your first port of call could be to block its network access before investigatong further. This could potentaly save you a massive amount of trouble depending on the type of malware it is.
The user interface is warm and welcoming, and offer a few different skins so the user can add their own personal touch to it. And due to all of the option being very clear and easy to access it s quick and smooth to navigate without having to jump through hoops to find certain elements of the application.
Glasswire does offer a free option, and for most users, that might be all they need. It will still allow you to monitor your data usage and see a visual representation of network activity.
But considering the ‘Basic’ option starts at $49, paying for the added features will not break the bank and in most cases will cover your average user who may just want to see what is connecting to their wireless network and see what is using data on their PC (This could be beneficial if on a metered internet plan)
The next package the ‘Pro’ comes in at $99 but if you break that down at cost per computer it is only $33 a system. And bundle that with the remote monitoring ability it could be ideal if you have a home server, or multiple devices that you wish to kep an eye on.
And finally there is the Elite version, this I would imagine is targeted at business uses due to the number computers. But depending on your home set up it could be used for a home set up and with that many devices in the home a remote monitoring ability could save a huge amount of time, stress and worry.
To conclude, I personally feel that Glasswire take ‘Cyber Space’ and gives the user a real-time visual representation that would otherwise remain hidden or hard to interpret. It offers the user a nice and smooth experience while also delivering the information in a manner that you do not have to be a network engineer to understand. And I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to bolster their security policy at home or work.