Privacy

GlassWire’s new Android Firewall is here!

 

We are excited to announce that our newly updated GlassWire Android Firewall app is now available for download in Google Play!

 

GlassWire Android Firewall App

 

How does it work?
GlassWire for Android now has a brand new “Firewall” tab.  Tap the top left GlassWire menu and choose the Firewall option to get started.

With our new firewall you can block app network access completely, or block only WiFi or mobile connections. For example, if you want your browser to only use WiFi data and never use mobile data turn on the GlassWire firewall, then tap the WiFi tower icon next to the browser you want to block.

Ask to connect?
You can also block newly installed apps from accessing the network at all.  Once the firewall is on, switch the “automatically block” option on.  GlassWire will then send you a notification when a newly installed application tries to access the network.  You can then allow or deny that application immediately.  Want to block all mobile or WiFi network activity for all apps?  Tap the WiFi and Mobile icons under the “All Apps” row and block all the apps at once!

*Please note you may sometimes still get “new” notifications from blocked apps, but these connections are black-holed and never leave your device.

With GlassWire’s new mobile firewall you can block spying apps, apps inundated with pop-up ads, or data hogging apps that can make you go over your monthly data limit.  Data hogging apps can also cause your phone to have a slow Internet connection.

Unlimited themes!
If you purchase GlassWire you also get access to unlimited themes, including our dark themes.  Did you buy GlassWire themes before with our previous version?  Don’t worry!  You should still have access to all your purchased themes.  If you run into any issues please email us and we will fix it!

How is GlassWire different from other data managers or firewalls?
Did you know most other data manager apps in Google Play exist solely to collect your data usage stats, and sell your private data to third parties?  Large companies want to know what the most popular apps are in the app store, then copy their features, or even acquire them.

Have you ever wondered why another data manager app you used was using so much mobile data itself?  If you’re using another firewall or data manager please check their privacy policy.  You might be surprised that not only do they collect personal identifiable information about you, but they store your data usage stats in a database.

The difference between GlassWire and other data usage and firewall apps is that WE NEVER COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION!  Our GlassWire app never even accesses the network at all, so we couldn’t see your app usage information even if we were asked to under a court order.  Check out our privacy policy for more details.

GlassWire also never shows you any mobile ads that clutter up your screen or annoying sponsored pop-ups that waste your data and slow your phone to a crawl.

If you support privacy please consider buying our new Android firewall option with unlimited themes!  It’s only a few dollars and your support goes a long way to help us continue improving this app.

How much does it cost?
GlassWire for Android will continue to be free as is for unlimited use.  However, if you want to use our new firewall features it’s only a few dollars ($4.99) per year.  Your financial support allows us continue making improvements on GlassWire for Android.

If you aren’t sure you want to buy the software we include a free 30 day trial for everyone!  Everyone getting this update can try it for free for 30 days for absolutely no charge.

Please also note that GlassWire will occasionally show “new” network activity alerts with apps that are blocked by the firewall.  This is not actually a bug with GlassWire, but this is how the Android OS functions.  The Android OS sees these apps as accessing the network and may count some data used with them.  However, these apps are actually black-holed by our firewall and their connections never leave your phone.  We’ve included a note about this inside the app itself to help avoid any confusion.

Also, if you’re new to GlassWire for Android and you’re worried about our “phone” permission, technical details are here on why we have to request that permission.  We’d love to request no permissions at all if it was technically possible, but the mobile “phone” permission is required for our app to show you your mobile phone data.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy our new Android firewall update with unlimited themes!

Get the GlassWire Firewall for Android now!

Software Updates

GlassWire 2.0 launches today!

 

We’re excited to announce that GlassWire 2.0 is now available for download.  This major update is a free upgrade for 1.0 paid users, and for free users GlassWire now includes a fully unlocked free 7 day trial!

(Run into a problem with the upgrade?  Check out these tips.)

What’s new with GlassWire 2.0?

Earlier this year you may have received a survey request from us asking what you wanted from GlassWire. We went through your survey and tried to implement as many as your requests as possible, and we hope we’ve accomplished that with GlassWire 2.0.

High DPI Support – One of the top requests from users was support for high resolution DPI monitors, and GlassWire now fully supports high resolution monitors.  You can now change your monitor resolution and GlassWire itself will change sizes to support those resolutions.  GlassWire also now has excellent dual monitor support so you can drag it between multiple monitors if you choose to do so.

Data Usage Improvements – After launching our popular Android data usage app, we found a lot of our Windows users were unhappy with how GlassWire’s usage window worked.  We changed GlassWire 2.0’s usage window to better match our Android app.  Now it’s much easier to keep track of how much data your PC is using every month.  Also, if you want to track your data usage in detail go to GlassWire’s top left GlassWire menu and choose “settings” to set up a Data Alert.  GlassWire’s Data Alerts can warn you before you go over a data usage limit.

 

Firewall Profiles – Another request we saw was a wish for firewall profiles.  Now you can go to GlassWire’s Firewall tab and click the top middle “Firewall Profiles” down arrow.  You can now create a new firewall profile and save it.  For example if you’d like an “Ask to connect” profile for public WiFi you can now set it up and save it and switch to it when you’re not at home or work.

Firewall Improvements – Many people commented on how GlassWire’s Firewall worked, and how they wanted better compatibility with the Windows Firewall.  With GlassWire 2.0 we have made our firewall rules sync with Windows firewall, plus GlassWire can check your Windows Firewall and restore it if changes are made without your knowledge.

Security Analysis – Another top request was that people wanted to know more details about the apps that were accessing the network on their PC.  You can now go to GlassWire’s settings to turn on the VirusTotal API to analyze network-related files on your PC.

 

Do you have an Evil Twin lurking about? – A new type of network attack is known as an “Evil Twin” attack.  This type of attack occurs when someone sets up a new WiFi access point with a name similar to your current WiFi access point.  GlassWire watches out for these types of attacks by warning you if the Mac address of the WiFi access point you’re on changes.  Of course if you’re using something like a mesh network with repeaters you may get occasional alerts, but as GlassWire learns these new access points over time the false alerts should stop.  Also, if the WiFi access point you’re on loses its password you’ll also be alerted.

A 7 day trial – A lot of our free users asked to have a GlassWire trial of our paid features, so we have enabled a 7 day trial that starts on installation of GlassWire.  After the trial ends GlassWire’s security features and blocking reverts to its free status (similar to GlassWire 1.0’s free version).

Ready to upgrade to GlassWire 2.0?  Give it a try now!

Download GlassWire 2.0Change ListUser guide

Having technical problems?  Check out these tips in the forum.

Are we still missing some features you’re wanting?  Now that GlassWire supports high DPI we can move faster and add more features.  We’re going through your list of requests in the survey we sent and we’re implementing them as quickly as possible.

Want more features?  Let us know what you want in the comments below!

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy GlassWire 2.0!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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