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Message 106852 - Posted: 23 Jan 2022, 1:11:45 UTC

I've tried a couple of firewalls on my android now, noroot and netpatch, and neither of them allow local connections. My phone is using wifi, and that works fine, and the firewalls allow me to choose which apps can access the internet. But I run Boinc on the phone, which is monitored and controlled by a Windows 10 PC on my network using Boinctasks. Despite allowing Boinc on the phone access to wifi, and it can get tasks from the internet, the Windows PC cannot see it so I can't monitor or control it that way. Are there any firewalls that don't mess about with local access like this?
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Message 106853 - Posted: 23 Jan 2022, 1:44:11 UTC - in response to Message 106852.  

I don't use Windows or run on Android, so I'm guessing here.
I did a search on: firewalls that allow local connections
and one of the results may help you: Windows Firewall: Allowing or blocking applications

Lots of other posts too.
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Message 106854 - Posted: 23 Jan 2022, 2:09:17 UTC - in response to Message 106853.  

It's not the windows firewall that's the problem, it's the android firewall. If I don't use it, adware eats the RAM and Boinc WUs cycle back to 0 every couple of minutes. I can only get WCG covid tasks to run, they're smaller in memory usage.
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Message 106855 - Posted: 23 Jan 2022, 5:26:33 UTC - in response to Message 106854.  

Adding "Android" to the search term gives me this: Android firewalls that allow local connections
which gives me this post: 10 Best Free Firewall Apps For Android in 2022

also this post:The 5 Best Firewall Apps to Secure Your Android Phone

There's also an ad on the side of the second one: The 4 Best Stretching Apps to Improve Your Flexibility, but that involves physical excercise. :)
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Message 106856 - Posted: 23 Jan 2022, 19:40:44 UTC - in response to Message 106855.  
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I don't see anything mentioned about local connections in those, and I've used least one of them, which didn't.

According to someone in an Android forum, rooting and a custom ROM is required to get a firewall to do that (no idea why), but someone else there mentioned I should just try an ad blocker.
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Message 107101 - Posted: 16 Feb 2022, 14:14:09 UTC - in response to Message 106856.  

Yes. Rooting can allow you more control over your Android device. Found this article on what is Android rooting to get more ideas.
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Message 107119 - Posted: 17 Feb 2022, 3:50:59 UTC - in response to Message 107101.  

Yes. Rooting can allow you more control over your Android device. Found this article on what is Android rooting to get more ideas.
I rooted it with Kingoroot, and ignored Google Spy, sorry Google Play telling me it was dangerous.
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