Software Updates

Upgrade to GlassWire 2.3 with new IOT detection features!

Upgrade to GlassWire 2.3.318 Now!

Do you use GlassWire to keep track of all the devices (Internet of Things) on your network? GlassWire’s “Things” tab has been completely redesigned with all new IOT features with GlassWire 2.3.318!

To use the new features first go to our “Things” screen. Now click the “i” icon next to “connected” on the top right part of the screen to see some basic information about your network. You can now use GlassWire to see your current IP addresses, Mac address, Gateway info, and your DNS servers.

Next you’ll notice how GlassWire keeps a list of all your devices that have ever been on your network. If a device joined and left while you weren’t using GlassWire you’ll now see the details about this device under the “All” sorting option. Want to remove a device or remove multiple devices from the list? Mouse over the device you want to remove, then you’ll see a small three dot menu to the right that looks like this (…). Click it, then choose “forget device”. You’ll also notice that GlassWire keeps separate lists of devices, depending on what network you join. For example if you go to a coffee shop and use the WiFi there this list of devices should not interfere with your home list of devices.

You’ll also notice GlassWire’s “Things” detection scanning is much faster, and more reliable. To change GlassWire’s scanning speed, options, and technologies, go to the top right settings icon that is directly below the top right “X” icon that you use to close the GlassWire main window. Click the settings icon and you’ll see different options to sort your devices in the list.

You can also choose “more” to access the dedicated “Things” settings as shown in the image above. It’s now possible to change the “threads quantity” with GlassWire’s scanning. Moving the slider to the left makes GlassWire scan slower, but more accurately. Moving the slider to the right can make a very fast scan, but in some cases some devices can be missed. We let you decide which setting is best, but we recommend putting the slider somewhere near the middle. You can also disable certain scanning protocols if it causes problems with your corporate or home network. All networks can be different with some networks only having one or two devices, while other networks may have thousands of devices. This feature lets you adjust our scanning settings depending on how many devices you have to deal with on a daily basis.

Would you prefer to only get alerted by GlassWire when a new unknown device joins your network? If so, go to our top left menu and choose “settings”. Now click “Security” then “Things Monitor”. Check the box “notify me” then make sure “report only new unknown devices” is selected. Now GlassWire will alert you when a new unknown device joins your network. You can also choose to get alerted every single time a devices joins/leaves the network, but you may find those alerts annoying if you have a lot of devices on your network.

Do you want to keep notes about the devices on your network? With GlassWire 2.3 it’s easy! Mouse over the device you want to add notes to, then click the three dot menu (…) on the right side. Now choose “device name” to add a custom name and description for a device.

This major update also has a lot of other changes and fixes that we made due to GlassWire fan emails and forum posts. Check out the full change list for GlassWire 2.3.318 here.

Get GlassWire 2.3.318 Full or GlassWire 2.3.318 Lite and upgrade your IOT detection today!


How to estimate your phone or ISP data usage

how to check your data usage

Many mobile or ISP data plans have strict data caps that can cause you to get hit with massive overage fees. Some mobile companies even offer something called “unlimited” data, but in reality after you hit a certain cap you’ll be throttled. Ridiculous isn’t it?

How can you estimate your data usage to stay under these barbaric data caps in 2021? Fortunately, we at GlassWire have made a free Data Usage Calculator estimation tool to help you stay under your limits!

Our new Data Usage Calculator makes it easy to estimate what your average data usage will be per month, week, or day for your mobile phone or WiFi network. With our data usage calculation tool you can see what apps and services use the most bandwidth, and how much data you’ll use per app or service.

For example, see how much data video streaming services like Youtube or Netflix use. Or calculate how much bandwidth you’ll be using in a Zoom video meeting, or just by using Facebook on your phone.

Try our Data Usage Calculator now for free to estimate your monthly data usage. You’ll be able to calculate exactly how much 250 GB of data per month really is.

Calculate your Monthly Data Usage Free!

Software Updates

Introducing GlassWire Lite!

GlassWire Firewall Lite with less resources

Since GlassWire was introduced in 2014 over 20 million people have used our software to help protect their devices from privacy violating apps, bandwidth hogs, and malware.

However, for some people who need to use very minimal hardware resources, GlassWire’s resource usage requirements can be just a little too much.

For example we have one customer who runs a server at a remote location with very limited connectivity and limited resources. It’s critical that they use GlassWire to secure their server and keep their bandwidth in check, but they are also extremely limited by the unique server hardware they use.

We’ve listened carefully to the feedback from that customer and others who have unique hardware resource usage requirements and we’ve designed a special version of GlassWire just for them.

Today we’re excited to introduce GlassWire Lite! This optional new version of GlassWire uses less than 1/3 the memory that our normal GlassWire software uses and writes 1/20th of the disk write operations. And just like our original GlassWire version its CPU usage should usually be almost zero.

To make this super light version of GlassWire we made it collect very minimal host data. If you’re using GlassWire Lite you’ll find you’ll only see hosts on the Firewall tab, and in “New” and “Ask to Connect” notifications.

If tracking hosts is important to you then you’ll probably want to stick with our powerful original GlassWire version. But if you don’t need to track hosts we recommend that you give GlassWire Lite a try.

If you’re a Basic, Pro, or Elite user you can use your license on GlassWire Lite and it works exactly the same.

Please note if you switch to GlassWire Lite from our original GlassWire version your history and settings will be completely reset because GlassWire Live uses a different database structure. Our installer window warns about this.

However, when you install GlassWire Lite over GlassWire, your original GlassWire history will be backed up and moved inside the GlassWire folder. If you find GlassWire Lite is not for you then you should be able to install GlassWire again over itself, and your original GlassWire history should return with no issues.

Please note if you’re concerned about losing your GlassWire history you can back up your database before trying GlassWire Lite.

To try GlassWire Lite visit our download page, then look for the logo at the bottom left of the page and download it.

We hope you enjoy this new version of GlassWire and we appreciate your feedback.

Have comments about this new version of GlassWire? Please give us feedback by commenting on this post, or let us know in the forum.

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