Regular readers here will remember, that I’m an advocate of utilities which provide users with the capability to double check which of their applications are connecting to the Internet – including the capability to monitor open ports and Internet connections.
CurrPorts is my tool of choice, since it allows me to view a list of ports that are currently in use, and the application (keep in mind, that malware, for all practical purposes – is an application) that is using those ports.
Recently, I came across a neat little application (free – but donations are encouraged), which duplicates some of the features of CurrPorts but in addition, includes a number of secondary capabilities which should be of interest to those users who need to monitor their data consumption on a session, daily, or monthly basis.
Directly after installation, NetSpeedMonitor sits in the system tray and displays data on current upload/download speeds – as shown in the following screen capture.
Hovering over the the NetSpeedMonitor icon generates addition data – Month/Day/Session.
Better yet, right clicking on the icon allows a user access to supplementary data from an expandable fly-out menu.
In the following example, I’ve selected “Network Connections” and its submenu, for illustrative purposes.
Again, from the fly-out menu, I’ve selected “Connections” and……..
…. the data displayed includes – TCP and UDP connections (established, listening, or closed), remote address, process ID for each connection, and the application/s using the connection/s.
Overall assessment – a cool little application that generates data which should prove valuable for those users who have a need to keep an eye on data caps or, users who have a need to monitor ports and connections.
System requirements: Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Win 7 (with a little finagling I ran the application on Win 8).
Languages: NetSpeedMonitor is available in multiple languages including, English, German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.
Download at: Developer’s site.