netfilter Alternatives

    netfilter is described as 'Netfilter software comprises iptables, ipset, conntrack-tools, libnetfilter and more. It is the core of Linux firewalls and NAT. It consists of a set of hooks inside the Linux kernel and a number of utilities to manage callback functions' and is an app in the Security & Privacy category. There are six alternatives to netfilter for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, VirtualBox and VMware vSphere Hypervisor. The best alternative is TinyWall, which is free. Other great apps like netfilter are Gufw (Free, Open Source), CacheGuard-OS (Paid), Murus Firewall (Freemium) and Firestarter (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 2, 2021

    1. TinyWall is a free software to harden and control the advanced firewall built into Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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    2. Gufw is an easy, intuitive way to manage your Linux firewall. It supports common tasks such as allowing or blocking pre-configured, common p2p, or individual ports port(s), and many others! Gufw is powered by Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw).
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      • Windows
      • VirtualBox
      • VMware vSphere Hypervisor
      • Microsoft Hyper-V Server
      • Proxmox Virtual Environment
      All CacheGuard products and services are focused on delivering secured and optimized Web contents to our clients. To achieve that goal we made CacheGuard OS which is our core product.
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    3. Murus is a frontend for the OS X PF network firewall. From basic filtering to advanced proactive options, Murus allows to easily configure a complex network setup dragging and dropping icons and moving sliders and selecting checkboxes.
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    4. Firestarter is an Open Source visual firewall program. The software aims to combine ease of use with powerful features, therefore serving both Linux desktop users and system administrators.


      Active development stopped in 2005.

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      • Mac
      Monitors application connections and offers to pass or block these. It can be used to increase privacy or to transparently protect non-admin users from unwanted connections on multi-user macs.
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