submitted 2 months ago by Sticker@lemy.nl to c/opensource@lemmy.ml

I'm used to using the TrackerControl app on my phone. This application is convenient and multifunctional.

Is there something similar for windows?

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[-] Caravaggio@feddit.nl 6 points 2 months ago
[-] Phrey@lemmy.sdf.org 6 points 1 month ago

Windows comes with quite the advanced firewall built in. Why not use that?

[-] beyond@linkage.ds8.zone 1 points 1 month ago

The built in firewall is proprietary, which is enough of a reason to prefer a free software alternative.

[-] Phrey@lemmy.sdf.org 4 points 1 month ago

What's the point? Any free software alternatives will still rely on the proprietary TCP/IP stack in Windows.

[-] beyond@linkage.ds8.zone 4 points 1 month ago

The point of software freedom is, and has been for the last 40 years, the four freedoms. Replacing proprietary software with a free alternative is always worth it, in my opinion.

Sure, ideally the entire operating system would be replaced with a free alternative, but not everyone is willing or able to make such a big change right out of the gate. Windows users deserve freedom, too. The FSF calls this "climbing the freedom ladder".

[-] Sticker@lemy.nl 1 points 1 month ago
[-] Phrey@lemmy.sdf.org 1 points 1 month ago

Yes, Windows 7 too.

[-] MangoPenguin@lemmy.blahaj.zone 5 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)


Does a lot more than TrackerControl as it's a full firewall. TrackerControl is just DNS blocking.

[-] shalafi@lemmy.world 0 points 1 month ago

A firewall blocks in and outbound ports. Windows Advanced Firewall already does this.

If you want more fine-grained control, look to your router. I use a Netgate pfSense rackmount appliance. You can do the same with an OpenSense or pfSense router running on a toaster.

Be glad to help if you have questions!

[-] Sticker@lemy.nl 1 points 1 month ago

Tell me, through which program can I install programs with the iso extension?

PfSense has an iso extension. I tried the WindowsCE utility, but only achieved that the files contained in the iso are unpacked as a regular archive.

[-] odium@programming.dev -1 points 2 months ago

You could set up a pi-hole on your router to get a similar effect to tracker control on all devices connected to the internet through the router.


[-] Mogard@lemmy.ml 4 points 2 months ago

Pi-hole is great but is for dns and is easy to avoid if client change default dns. Simplewall is better for granularity in windows.

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