Windows Network Sniffer

Written by Scott Martin
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For maximum security on your Windows network, you should purchase and implement a Windows network sniffer. While Windows itself comes with a fair amount of system tools, you won't be able to guard against Microsoft security breaches with these simple tools. For added security and analysis, you will want to integrate the use of a Windows network sniffer, to monitor and analyze your network traffic.

Functions of a Windows Network Sniffer

A Windows network sniffer can help you identify problems and eliminate potential hazards from your Windows network. You can log and monitor all data transmitted by your network. You can also examine packets, or small metered pieces of data, to analyze the data flow and detect and pinpoint glitches.

Furthermore, you can analyze your data transfers based on protocols. A good Windows network sniffer will support an array of protocols, including TCP/IP, FTP, TELNET, POP3 and SMTP protocols, to name a few. One of the most exceptional features of Windows network sniffers is the ability to then isolate ports and protocols, to quickly identify the source of problems.

Additionally, certain high-end Windows network sniffers will allow you to quickly and easily filter the data you capture. This makes it quite easy to highlight usable data, and oftentimes, these filters are customizable. Finally, look for a network sniffer that will generate reports in plain English, and even provide you with graphical representations of your data.


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