Firewall configuration in Ubuntu is about to get a lot easier thanks to a new project providing a graphical front end to Ubuntu’s default firewall UFW and thus making security settings simple for everyday users.
Ubuntu’s default firewall* UFW (uncomplicated firewall) is accessible via the terminal and some commands but, for users like myself, that’s all a bit daunting. UFW Frontends is the perfect solution to this by being both graphical and easy to use.
Wait – isn’t there already a GUI available?
Standalone .deb and source tarbells are available to download on the project page @
Alternatively UFW Frontends can be installed and maintained from Darwin’s PPA: –
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:baudm/ppa
- sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ufw-frontends
Launch from System > Administration > Firewall
*Technically ufw is simply a program that manipulates iptables – the actual firewall included in the Linux kernel – but for simplicities sake, and the fact UFW is what this programme is a front-end to, consider UFW the firewall.