TinyWall – Great Firewall for More Advanced Users
The biggest drawback of modern firewall programs are constant pop-up warnings asking users to allow or deny programs to communicate over the Internet. This is a seemingly good solution. When a program tries to do something over the Internet, it must first get permission from the user.
However, in practice, this is not the case. After a while, reading all these warnings becomes tedious, so users start giving permissions without reading what is written in the warning.
TinyWall is a free firewall program for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, and 11, which will not constantly display warnings but will run in the background as you set it up.
How Does TinyWall Work?
When you install TinyWall its icon will appear in the System Tray (lower right corner of the screen, next to the clock). It is a program that serves as a firewall and although it is not complicated to use, it is not the most suitable for beginners.
As we said, the biggest advantage of TinyWall is that it will not constantly bother you with warnings and notifications. The program works on the principle of a white list, which you have to create yourself. All programs on this list will be able to use the Internet, otherwise, if they try to connect to the Internet, the connection will be blocked.
For this reason, when you install the program for the first time, there can be problems because a large number of programs will stop working, and you will have to put them on the white list before they start working again. The good news is that we have as many as three options for adding programs to the white list, so this process is extremely quick and easy.
The program supports five modes that you can use to control the program, and we especially liked the Autolearn mode. This mode is intended for use on freshly installed Windows or when you know for sure that no program is infected with a virus and then TinyWall will automatically create a white list for you.
In the settings, there are only a few options. The two interesting tabs we have here are Application Exceptions and Special Exceptions. The first contains all programs that are exempt from blocking rules, while the second lists the system processes that, according to the author’s recommendation, should or should not be allowed access to the Internet.
After a Short Setup, TinyWall Becomes a Phenomenal Firewall
TinyWall is a great program and we did not encounter any problems during use. We said that it is not suitable for beginners, and the reason for that is that you have to set the white list yourself in order for the program to work properly. However, this is not such a complicated task, so we encourage you to try TinyWall.
Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and 11