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Old 29. Dec 2011, 04:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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just found out about tinywall from lifehackers, seems like a solid little firewall. so far from what I've seen, it doesn't prompt new programs for connections or have hips but it does what a firewall should. Adding new programs to it is easy too, I've not have much success with the detect mode though. So far it's as good a sygate replacement (without logging) as I've found on win7. I like it because it does it's job and nothing more

http://tinywall.pados.hu/
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I've been following this here:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=309739

This is still very much a work in progress and IMO I wouldn't advise anyone to switch to this from what they are already using.
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Old 29. Dec 2011, 05:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hm mind telling what part of that thread makes you not advise people to switch?

From my use of it, it's a light firewall, doesn't seem to have a bug yet that I've seen (but I've only used it for about a day... so it isn't saying a lot) But the thread gives me hope, an active developer behind it, and no outstanding flaws that's been brought up from what I've read

edit, i mean aside from it being in development and beta-like... i don't see a problem with switching to it if people dont mind this
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I always try to advise based on our majority audience which is mostly average users. For them, moving away from Windows firewall or whichever third party alternative they are using at present is not a good idea. Having something "in development" is commendable, but IMO only of real use to security enthusiasts, many of which inhabit Wilders, or for testing purposes.
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hm, thought this place was to suggest alternatives but if you dont want us to move away from our current software...
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See also the comment from the developer here:

http://www.freewarebb.com/files/file...l/#comment_999

"It wasn't my intention to distribute the 1.0-series to such wide audiences as it is happening right now all over the internet, but someone uploaded it to two major download sites, and from there on it was unstoppable. My point is, only the next major version will have the function set and maturity that I originally conceived. I do realize where TinyWall lacks and what it misses, but 1.0 was never intended to be used by so many people in the first place".

I would again advise caution and suggest this is not the time to switch to this except for testing purposes.
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Old 06. Jan 2012, 11:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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midnight, i admit you were right lol
while i do like tinyfirewall, i have found that it seems to block some images in firefox, no idea why because it's random. I would get blank pages sometimes then when i disabled firewall it would show up again

but i still stick by my initial impressions that this is a good product and will get better with next releases. so yes, it might be too soon for a complete switch unless someone just likes to play with new software like i do.
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midnight, i admit you were right lol
while i do like tinyfirewall, i have found that it seems to block some images in firefox, no idea why because it's random. I would get blank pages sometimes then when i disabled firewall it would show up again

but i still stick by my initial impressions that this is a good product and will get better with next releases. so yes, it might be too soon for a complete switch unless someone just likes to play with new software like i do.
This was my concern at the outset. I have no doubt about your own ability to understand and manage these things but we are in the minority. Most of the folks coming here are average users with little knowledge of how to overcome the issues caused by this type of development software. Even so, I applaud the efforts of the developer and if this level of commitment continues, I'm sure we will have a stable product before too long.
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Since XP, trying to find just a simple firewall to control program connections has been a nightmare. Almost all of the freeware third party apps for Windows 7 assume users have no brain at all and only offer a simplified function if you start switching things off. Even so, browsing the various forums reads like a script for a horror movie. It seems like these things are only trouble free if installed into a pristine system that sees little executable traffic in and out. In other words, don't use your computer much with one installed and you'll be fine.

There's nothing wrong with the built in seven firewall of course, in fact it 's greatly improved over the XP version and more than adequate for everyday needs. The problems begin when you try to see what it's doing and/or want to change how.

A couple of third party apps came along, with almost identical names, in an attempt to redress this balance, but their obvious intent is to sell the upgraded versions and neither offer the user that much for free.

I was impressed with the concept behind TinyWall therefore when it was first released, although the developer by his own admission was rather overwhelmed by the response. As the product was in beta status for quite some time, user feedback gave perhaps a degraded impression of its value. Now though, what better firewall could anyone have for free than one that just blocks everything by default? OK, so there still isn't a fancy GUI to browse through but it's easy enough to whitelist what you need to grant connecting permissions to via the tray icon. You can even do this by “executable”, “process” or “window”, so enough options to make it easy. There's also a selection of default profiles to choose from including one called “Blind trust” which I guess is much like the trusted vendors list included with Comodo

Well worth a look now for anyone wanting full control over their program connections without the placebo garbage provided by many of the others.

Still not for newbies, but does provide a platform to learn from for anyone so inclined.



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Old 04. Feb 2012, 04:06 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Somehow missed this, thanks for discussing.
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