The Dashboard shows you important information at a glance.
If you hover your mouse over any of the bars in the bar charts, you can see the day that data represents along with the total number for that day.
The top section of the Dashboard contains totals from various tabs:
- Internet Programs tells you the total number of programs that are allowed to use the Internet on your computer.
- Blocked Programs tells you the total number of programs you have blocked from using the Internet.
- Non-Fingerprinting Domains Visited tells you to the total number of domains on the Internet you have visited that do not participate in Canvas Fingerprinting. You can think of a domain as the top level -page, like www.winpatrol.com.
- Fingerprinting Domains Visited tells you how many domains you’ve visited that participate in Canvas Fingerprinting either on their main page or any page underneath.
The Programs Section contains two charts, Allowed and Blocked.
The Allowed chart shows you how many of the allowed programs have used the Internet for each of the last 7 days. This number will most likely vary from day to day and may never equal the total number of programs allowed to go to the Internet because not every program will use the Internet every day.
The Blocked chart shows you how many programs have been blocked from using the Internet each day for the last 7 days. This chart is very useful if you activate “Automatically block all new programs from using the Internet”, because at a glance you will see if any programs have been blocked from using the Internet, even if you missed the Block Alert. Currently, the data on the screen does not dynamically refresh, but it will in a future release.
If the number of blocked programs changes, you should definitely visit the Blocked Programs tab to review the programs that are blocked for possible infections or programs you want to allow.
The Connections Section
The Connections Section also contains two charts, Allowed and Blocked. When programs “go to the Internet”, they open “connections”. These charts contain a count of those connections. Please do not be alarmed if the numbers seem high. It is a best programming practice to open a connection, get the data you need and close it again rather than keeping a single connection open for a long period of time. There are exceptions to this rule, but for the most part that is how programs are written.
In addition, navigating to some web pages can result in over 100 different connections being opened, because web pages will reach out to other web pages and servers to download images and content as needed.
Try this, click on the Internet Programs page and locate iexplore.exe. Now, open Internet Explorer, see how the number of connections jumps up quickly and then returns to a lower number. This is typical behavior of web browsers because of the way web sites are constructed.
The Connections Allowed chart contains a total count of how many connections were opened on the Internet for each day over the last 7 day period. If you see an unexplained spike in connections on any given day or a dramatic increase that does not abate for more than a day, this could be a sign your computer has become infected and you should investigate.
You can use the Internet Programs tab to determine what programs are using the Internet and possibly block any that are not familiar to you. Please use the PLUS Info tab located at the bottom left of the Internet Programs tab to help you research a given program. The PLUS Info data has been collected as a part of our product, WinPatrol, and is shared between the applications.
The Connections Blocked chart contains a total count of how many connections to the Internet WinPrivacy has blocked on your behalf. If you have any “blocked programs” defined on the Blocked Programs tab, expect to see activity on this chart. If you have activated “Automatic blocking”, then you should investigate any increase in these numbers.
You can use the Blocked Programs tab to view all programs blocked from going to the Internet, the number of times they were blocked and the date and time they were blocked last.
Canvas Fingerprinting Section
The Canvas Fingerprinting section contains two charts, one showing the total number of connections made to domains that do not participate in Canvas Fingerprinting and one showing the total number of connections made to domains that have at least 1 page you visited that is participating in Canvas Fingerprinting.
The Clean chart will show you the number of connections made to domains that do not participate in Canvas Fingerprinting. These numbers do not refer to the number of web pages you’ve visited, but rather the number of Internet Connections made while visiting those pages.
Why do we represent it this way?
We realize these numbers may not mean much to you at the moment, but think of them this way. By clicking on a single web page, you actually visit many different servers to download the information displayed. This gives you an idea of what is happening behind the scenes when you visit any particular page.
In addition, because most sites do not directly write the Canvas to your computer, but rather have their web-page call out to a 3rd party site from which the Canvas code is downloaded and run. We thought it best to represent the true numbers in our chart. Say for example you go to the US-Immigration web site. For the sake of example that is what I just did, the results are below.
As you can see, WinPrivacy blocked 2 attempts at Canvas Fingerprinting out of 43 connections that were opened to the site, simply because I browsed to that page. The fact they make 43 connections is not a big deal, some commonly visited sites open many more connections than that to display everything they show on their page. The important part is that of the 43 connections opened, WinPrivacy blocked two of them due to Canvas Fingerprinting.
Try it yourself. I’ve found the numbers can and will vary as pages are updated from time to time.
The Blocked chart contains data that is a bit different. This is a count of the total number of Canvas Fingerprinting attempts blocked each day over a 7 day period.
As you can see from the screenshot above the number of blocked attempts is now 18. In the screenshot from before I navigated to the above URL, it was 16.