by Safing

Open source cross-platform network activity monitor.

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Safing

Antivirus check: passed

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Portmaster is a free download and install an application that allows you to have control over who has access to your private information. They have a great basic setup for you just to download, install and run, but they understand that some people want more than that. With all the features they support within their application such as being able to monitor all network activity, auto-block trackers & malware, secure your DNS, and even set your own rules on a per-app basis, you can rest assured that your information will be protected. 

With Portmaster, open source code is important so they can maintain transparency with the end user, allowing them to see exactly what is going on behind the scenes. After all, what is good surveillance if you aren't able to see what is happening and document it? 

By now, I am sure you are wondering what the catch is. "How can something this great be free?" Portmaster has a goal to first provide local privacy for free to everyone. Providing this service to everyone shows them how important it is that people protect their online information. This is where Portmaster will gladly show you how to take it a step further with powerful VPNs. These do cost money but they reinvest all earnings into their products to make all their products better. 

I believe Portmaster is a great product for any user. They have it covered for someone who has never heard of a VPN to someone who writes their own source code. Being able to download and run it using their default settings to tweaking every setting to exactly what you want. I personally take it a step further and use a VPN, and after seeing what Portmaster has created, I could still find a use for their application in my everyday online use. 

Peace of Mind for online privacy

  • Being able to monitor all network activity
  • Auto-block trackers & malware
  • Secure your DNS
  • Create your own rules
  • Control privacy settings on a per-app basis
  • Explore documents and source code


Empowers user with full control over internet connectivity.
Features open-source, privacy-focused design.
Provides advanced network monitoring and control.

Struggles with blocking some ads and trackers effectively.
Limited customer support options.
Complex interface can deter less tech-savvy users.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Andrew
A free and open-sources application firewall called portmaster handles the labor-intensive work for you. Regain control over your computer's network behaviour and privacy. Nowadays, a lot of applications need the internet to provide you a better user experience. Regrettably. modern operataing systems like Windows pre-install extra functionality that a significant portion of users cannot turn off. Safing's portmaster, an open-source network traffic control tool, can aid in this situation by limiting internet access to programmes you do not require on your computer. Users are welcomed with a sidebar and a three-pane presenting all the required information through an easy-to-use interface when the software first launches. The application shows a summary of Network Monitor activities in the main window,
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Finlay E.
Portmaster is a network management application designed to help network administrators manage their ports and connections more effectively. It can be used to monitor, configure, and troubleshoot ports and connections on a network. It also provides features such as port security, port forwarding, and port monitoring.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Oscar I********l
1. Portmaster software is a great tool for managing ports and services on a FreeBSD system. 2. It provides an easy to use interface with tons of features. 3. I found the port installation to be reliable and fast. 4. The package management capabilities are also quite useful. 5. The documentation provided with the software is comprehensive and easy to understand. 6. It's integrated with FreeBSD's package repositories, allowing the user to quickly install packages. 7. It has options to configure the ports and services, and also to set up the system environment. 8. The interface is quite intuitive, making it easy to use. 9. It supports a wide range of third-party packages and services. 10. Overall, Portmaster is a great tool for managing ports and services on a FreeBSD system.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Oliver C.
Portmaster is a great software to help manage ports, however I had some troubles getting it setup correctly - it took me quite a bit of time to figuer out the configuration settings.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Christopher S*********m
The software provides a user-friendly interface for managing network ports, allowing for easy configuration and monitoring of network activity. It supports multiple protocols and provides advanced features such as VLAN tagging and QoS settings. Additionally, it allows for remote access and management of network ports.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Luke H.
Portmaster software is a network management tool that simplifies the process of managing and monitoring network devices.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Cameron
Easy to use with a clean interface, but the lack of specific customizations is a bit limiting.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanleyhttps://bottts.com/Florian Körner Thomas
Highly customizable, efficient for managing network traffic.
Helps manage and control network ports and connections easily.
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