Little Snitch is a lightweight firewall for the Mac, it allows Macintosh Users to monitor outgoing data, and prevent information from being sent out without your knowledge. I’ve been using it on my Mac for years, however there’s no windows version of Little Snitch that should be quite handy if you’re an occasional PC user.
There are tons of firewall applications for Windows, I’ve tried Armor2net, Filesclab, Wallix Pro, Comodo, Outpost and others, but either they are paid, or comes with an anti-virus module which could be a problem if you already have an one installed. If you’re using Windows 7 Ultimate, you might not need a firewall after all since it already have one, you just need an interface that will allow you to monitor incoming and outgoing connection then block whichever you think could be a threat.
There’s a neat app developed by Sphinx Software called “Windows 7 Firewall Control”, as the name itself suggests, the application works like a control panel for Windows Firewall, and like Little Snitch it sniffs out going traffic, and gives you options to enable or disable, allow incoming only or outgoing only connections. I’ve been using it for a while now and I find it a little better than Little Snitch. I like that unintrusive notification balloon that pop ups whenever it detects an out going connection. Somehow it’s like the first version of Little Snitch.
The basic version of Windows 7 Firewall Control is free, and is compatible with 34/64 bit Windows 7, and Vista, while the “Plus” version sells for $30, and comes with extra features such as Zone Adviser, Desktop Integration, Extended Security Zone Set, Security Zine Editor, and more.
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