The Windows operating system bundles a firewall tool, ready to provide protection against possible threats that might have a negative impact on your system. Even so, it might not be enough. An application such as Windows 10 Firewall Control Plus is designed to add an extra security layer to your computer, permanently monitoring and analyzing the network data traffic in order to identify unwanted or dangerous content.
As most programs of this type, it acts like a filtering barrier between the protected computer and the network, sorting out the incoming and outgoing packets and blocking potentially harmful ones. Its goal is to prevent other applications from sending personal data to unauthorized sources.
Newly detected processes are analyzed and Windows 10 Firewall Control Plus prompts you for action (using a popup window and sound notifications), allowing you to specify the permission policy for each. This means that the initial access attempt of an application is automatically restricted.
Alternatively, you can manually add new programs to the list and specify the rules that are to be applied in every case (access to email, FTP, LAN, VPN, Web and more such so-called 'zones' for incoming and / or outgoing requests).
Windows 10 Firewall Control Plus logs all blocked events, enabling you to browse the stored entries and view the restricted IP addresses.
The protection areas (or 'security zones') can be easily managed by accessing the dedicated tab. Unlike Windows 10 Firewall Control (the free edition), this version allows you to edit zones and comes with an extended set of areas. Additionally, it supports port forwarding and can generate statistics related to applied restrictions.
Windows 10 Firewall Control Plus offers you full control over the network activity, protecting your system against intrusions. While having to set rules for each running program might be annoying and even exhausting, this software solution can prove to be efficient enough to worth the effort.