Online Armor 188.8.131.52 Released
Online Armor 184.108.40.206 was quietly released on the Tall Emu website earlier today. The company posted information about the software firewall’s new features on its forums. I’ve tested several betas of this release, but many of the what’s-new items are server-dependent, and so I’m just exploring those nuances right now.
Here’s the list of new features in OA 220.127.116.11 as published in the Online Armor forums:
– Resizeable GUI
– Remove Spamshield
– Multiple Desktop Support
– Fixed bug with uninstall protection
– Added hotkeys disable option
– Autoruns Enhancement – The scope of protection has been significantly enhanced in Online Armor – (Thanks to Tony Klein)
– Additional scan during SCW added (folders where start menu items reside).
Safety Check Wizard
– Realtime update during Safety Check Wizard
– Faster Saving
– Deeper, more thorough scan
OASIS (Online Armor Software Information Service) has been significantly updated. OASIS is our files database and in previous versions of Online Armor it was woefully out of date because it relied almost completely on manual effort – including updating the servers. OASIS2 provides the users with this data whether or not the file has been assessed, information about what the program does, how many users have seen it and some information about what it does. This is accessible as a search on the website (all users).
When a program runs that is unknown – you can click the “more” button to get the OASIS results for it. This might help the user decide what to do as it provides aggregate information about what the other users did.
You can also right click inside programs —> File Information —> More to get information out of OASIS.
Optimized Performance for Torrents – users complained that when using bittorrent, firewall processing created slowdowns. This issue has been comprehensively corrected. You should not see slowdowns caused by Online Armor Firewall.
Automatic Network Identification(Interfaces) – previously all interfaces were lumped in as one. Now, OA will allow interfaces to be selectively trusted/not trusted. This caters for the case of the road warrior that may plug into trusted/public networks. This now also includes VPN interfaces.
Computers Tab – Computers on the network are automatically detected and listed. It is possible to override on a computer by computer basis the trust status. For example, you could have an untrusted network – with two computers plugged into it that you trust. (or vice versa)
Manage Windows Firewall during OA Install – If the windows firewall is active, it will be disabled. If Online Armor firewall is removed, Windows Firewall will be reactivated.
– Added firewall log viewer
– Block network connection on boot (optional)
– Firewall Logs are defaulted to “Off”
– Bug fix: ICMP traffic is now blockable per application
– Install Mode added
– Allow blocking of trusted programs
Run Safer: Added the ability for the user “Safer” program normally, or a normal program “Safer” from inside program guard (rather than have them force the setting change, if for example, they want to use a program temporarily with admin rights)
CPU limiter added to control runaway processes; CPU Affinity control to show which processor a program may use.
For the time being you have to manually download the new version instead of using the automatic-update facility in the program. It’s not connected to Tall Emu’s auto-update server because of an issue they’re working on that, according to ceo Mike Nash, should be corrected in a day or two.