Glasswire is one of my favourite finds of the year. It shows you how much internet traffic your computer is producing, both inbound and outbound, and it shows you precisely which programs or services are generating it. It's great for tracking down slow connections, and very useful if you suspect that a certain program is sending or receiving more data than it should be. And unlike similar technically-oriented programs, this one is simple to use. It looks good too.
Since I first mentioned Glasswire in this column, there's been a handful of useful updates and bug fixes, as well as some work on making the menus clearer. So if you haven't tried Glasswire yet, now is a good time. If you're a seasoned user, uninstall it and get the latest version. You'll not regret it.
You can get Glasswire from www.glasswire.com and the download is around 16 MB. It should work on all recent versions of Windows, and is malware-free according to Web of Trust and VirusTotal. It's definitely one for the toolbox, to be filed under "you never know when you might need it".
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