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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software Updates

GlassWire Data Usage for Android Update

We’re excited to say we just released an update for our popular GlassWire Data Usage app for Android.  This new update includes dark themes many of you requested.  These GlassWire premium paid themes support future GlassWire development and we hope you’ll consider buying a theme or two.

This update also includes a fix for Android O so GlassWire’s persistent notification is easy to read, plus some other bug fixes.

Speaking of our persistent notification, a common question people ask us is why can’t it be disabled?  The reason for this is because Google Play requires any apps that run in the background have a persistent notification for security reasons, so the user realizes that app is running.  Our GlassWire app has to run in the background to keep track of your mobile data.  To learn more about these rules check out this web page by Google itself.  Also, if you’re wondering why we request the “phone” privilege, it’s because we have to request this to see the phone’s mobile data usage as explained here.

Thanks for all your feedback and support and please go to the top left GlassWire menu and choose “send feedback” to send us feedback or report bugs.

Get GlassWire for Android Now! 

Privacy

Is your Data Usage or VPN app spying on you?

When we first started testing our GlassWire Android app against other popular data usage apps we made an upsetting discovery.  We were shocked to find that many of the data usage apps we tested were using a lot of mobile data themselves.  Our team wondered why an app that claims to help save mobile data would use so much mobile data itself.

The reason became clear once we started to look more closely at other data usage app privacy policies.  Many of these apps are made solely to log what apps you use and when, then to store that data in a database to sell to third parties.  The worst part about it was that some of these apps even seem to be storing personally identifiable information of their users.  This means that if their database was hacked not only would your app usage history be leaked, but that app usage history could be publicly linked to your identity.

After learning how these other apps were operating behind the scenes we decided to call our Android app “data usage privacy” to make it clear that with GlassWire your data and app usage never leaves your phone.  We are a privacy and security company and we make money through sales of our popular Windows security software, not by spying on our users.

Recently Facebook’s Onavo data usage app was in the Wall Street Journal due to its monitoring of its users, and according to Ars Technica the popular VPN Hotspot Shield has now had a formal complaint filed against it with the FTC.  It’s good that the media, app users, and privacy organizations are starting to take notice of privacy violations with apps and online services.

When using an app that accesses your network activity or app usage data always check its privacy policy.  If the app is free and you see no way for it to make money then you and your data might be the product.

If you want to see what apps on your phone are using your data or phoning home right now try GlassWire for Android.  With GlassWire your data never leaves your phone.  We’re working hard to add more privacy related features to our Android app in the future so you can see what other apps on your phone are doing behind the scenes.

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