Gufw, a firewall that uses UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) under the hood, has been updated recently, getting a new layout and some important new features.
Ubuntu ships with UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall), a configuration tool for iptables, but it's not enabled by default. Even though UFW does a great job, it's a command line tool so to make things even easier, Gufw has been created with the goal of being an intuitive, easy to use GUI tool for home users.
So what's a firewall? In short, a firewall is used to prevent unauthorized access to the computer it runs on, by analyzing the incoming and outgoing network traffic.
With Gufw 13.10, managing UFW Firewall has become a lot easier, thanks to some important new features added in the latest release:
- profiles support;
- 230 dynamic preconfigured rules: using this, you can add a firewall rule by simply selecting from the list of known applications (230 with the new release);
- editable rules;
- import / export rules;
- human names for rules;
- new log behavior;
- a getting started tutorial is now displayed in the main window;
And of course, there's also a refreshed layout:
Download Gufw Firewall
The latest Gufw 13.10 is available in the official Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander repositories so to install it, click the button below:
For older Ubuntu versions, you'll find a Gufw 13.10 deb download link on its website, along with an AUR package for Arch Linux users.
There are no packages for other Linux distributions yet but you can grab the source code via Launchpad.
Thanks to Costales for the tip!