GlassWire™ Newsletter - GlassWire 2.2 for Windows is here!  😮

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GlassWire 2.2 is now available!

Our team has spent many months completely rewriting GlassWire from scratch.  With this new major update GlassWire now uses significantly less memory, less disk resources, plus we've added many other improvements!

We've also added a new free dark theme we call "asphalt".  Go to the top left GlassWire menu to try it out.

What all is new with GlassWire 2.2?
- GlassWire now starts much faster!
- DNS resolving is improved and is more compatible with DNSSEC.
- Graph data loading is faster!
- VirusTotal analyzing is faster!
- Things device discovery and resolving now works much better!
- Remote monitoring is now even more secure and improved.  Please note it's required that you update your client and server.
- GlassWire now has a speed meter in the mini viewer.
- Due to this this improved backend we can now add even more major GlassWire features faster in the future.
- Plus many other bug fixes and improvements due to feedback and reports from GlassWire fans.

Download GlassWire 2.2

We hope you enjoy this update.  Have feedback?  Please let us know in our forum, or just reply to this email.

Want to secure your PC even more?  Please check out the article below from Chris Taylor on ways you can make Windows Defender even more powerful for your PC, for free.


Updating Windows Defender Part 1
by Chris Taylor

About Chris Taylor:  Chris is on the Community Review Board for SANS's OUCH! security awareness newsletter designed for everyone. He is President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group and a Microsoft Windows Insider MVP.

Windows Defender updates its antivirus signature definitions as part of the Windows Update process. Since Windows Update only runs once a day, Windows Defender’s signatures are only updated once a day.

The Microsoft Malware Protection Center releases signature updates much more frequently than that. I tested and Microsoft released new signature files, on average, 9 times a day over a two-week period. To force a check for updates, go to Settings | Updates & Security | Windows Update and click the Check for updates button. Do you want to do that every couple of hours? I didn’t think so.

Fortunately, Microsoft has provided a command-line interface to Windows Defender: MpCmdRun. One of the functions that MpCmdRun can accomplish is to check for and apply updates to antivirus signature files. What makes this special is that, as a command-line utility, it can be scripted and scheduled. In other words, it can be automated for hands-off operation.
Click the Start button, type in;
task scheduler
and hit Enter. In the Actions section, click on Create Task…

On the General tab, give it a name, such as Defender Update and select Windows 10 in the Configure for: section. Click the Triggers tab.
  1. Click the New… button
  2. Set Begin the task: to On a schedule
  3. In Settings, choose Daily
  4. Set Recur every: to 1 days
  5. In Advanced settings, select Repeat task every: and set it to 1 hour (or whatever you prefer)
Click the OK button.
On the Actions tab;
  1. Click the New… button
  2. In the Action: section, select Start a program
  3. In Program/script: enter "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MpCmdRun.exe"
  4. In Add arguments (optional): enter -SignatureUpdate

Click the OK button.
At this point, as long as you are logged into Windows, Task Scheduler will check for Windows Defender antivirus signature updates every hour. However, there are two things I don’t like. First, you will see an ugly and distracting black window open briefly when the task runs. Second, the task only runs when you are logged onto Windows.
You can eliminate the black window and allow the task to run even if nobody is logged on. In Task Scheduler, double-click your task to edit it. On the General tab for the task;
  1. Click the Change User or Group… button
  2. Type in system
  3. Click Check Names and click the OK button.

Back on the General tab, the section When running the task, use the following account: will read NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM.

Click the OK button and close Task Scheduler.
Task Scheduler accomplishes what we want. As well, I wanted to show how to use Task Scheduler as it is a powerful feature in Windows that can be ideal to automate other repetitive, boring functions.

Next month, I will show an additional two methods for keeping Windows Defender’s antivirus signature files up-to-date.


We at GlassWire hope you enjoy our major software update, along with these great Windows Defender tips by Chris!  Don't forget to join our forum to talk about our latest updates for Windows and Android.

Sincerely, The GlassWire Team

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