Little Snitch for Mac

Little Snitch for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 146 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5.1.4231
  • Total Downloads:
    162,110
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; $34.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    21.21MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    398
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Despite fewer malware threats to Mac systems, there is still a need for data protection. With Little Snitch for Mac, users can prevent personal information from being sent out, although its limited features may not be worth the program's price.

Little Snitch for Mac can be tried out for free for 30 days. After that, $29.95 buys the full version with no restrictions. While it does include a native installer, loading the program proved tricky and required a restart in order for it to work. An extensive and complicated end-user agreement also needed to be accepted. Technical support and updates exist, but the program contained no visible instructions on how to use it. While advanced users would not likely have a problem with this, the potentially complicated permissions needed to tailor the program would be too much for beginners. In terms of function, the program requires little interaction and runs in the background. After setting up defaults, it monitors the user's system for programs that attempt to send data out. This could not be evaluated since we didn't have any applications that tried to do this, although the program indicated it was up and running. While this sounds similar to a firewall, the program claims only to be a privacy application rather than a full security program.

While functional and easy to use for those with security knowledge, Little Snitch for Mac's price may not be worth the limited functioning, and those looking for security may be better off looking elsewhere.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Little Snitch for Mac 3.0.3.

 
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4 stars

"Are you sure?"

November 28, 2014  |  By Smaug4

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.5.1.4231

Pros

Little Snitch for Mac version 3.5.0 say it is the latest update on 11-28-2014 @ 7PM

Cons

Little Snitch for Mac version 3.5.0 say it is the latest update on 11-28-2014 @ 7PM

Summary

Little Snitch for Mac version 3.5.0 say it is the latest update on 11-28-2014 @ 7PM

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1 stars

"annoying nagware"

October 31, 2014  |  By techcafe

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.4.2

Pros

network monitor

Cons

it just gets in the way, and causes all network connections to intermittently freeze

Summary

if you're the paranoid type who likes to be constantly nagged by annoying popup alerts, repeatedly requesting permission to allow the operating system and/or other programs access to the network-then by all means, install Little Snitch.

BUT if you prefer to simply use your Mac in peace & quiet, then don't even think about installing this annoying piece of nagware.

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5 stars

"I used it for free and did like it"

April 24, 2014  |  By GarryGallaher

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.3

Pros

I believe it worth some money.. Especially if you are paranoid person.

Cons

found no cons

Summary

Worth to try in my opinion, helps to prevent unknown apps to phone home

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1 stars

"$20 Wasted, Deleted it after using it for 3 day's"

February 28, 2014  |  By Adrian Vogel

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.3

Pros

Can't think of any

Cons

For most websites you've got to click "Allow" multiple times with some it was over 10.

Peace of mind returned after I deleted it.

Adrian

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5 stars

"very good product - never know who is listening"

February 20, 2014  |  By MACSPECTRUM

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.3

Pros

works with all major mac operating systems including 10.9

almost too good

check your emails - lots of listeners

Cons

none that come to mind

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1 stars

"Don't Download Unless You Know You Need It"

February 16, 2014  |  By kdonavin

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.3

Pros

Probably does a good job at what it says it does.

Cons

Hassle and a half to uninstall.

Summary

I downloaded on the chance that it might help me fix a problem with my computer. It didn't, so I deleted it. Turns out that in order to properly uninstall, one must re-install application online and click uninstall, otherwise Little Snitch leaves junk on your app bar (mac). The designers clearly weren't interested in making life easy for those who want to get rid of their app. That was obnoxious.

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5 stars

"I use this to catch software trying to 'call home'"

June 10, 2013  |  By pagewise

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.1

Pros

Little Snitch does what I bought it for: Alert me to programs attempting to 'call home'. I wouldn't be without it.

Cons

No cons for me personally, given how I use it and what I get out of it. My bro tried it, but didn't know which requests to allow. Noobies need to do some homework.

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5 stars

"Rock Solid Protection"

March 27, 2013  |  By Smaug4

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.0.4

Pros

Rock Solid Protection keeping your applications from connecting to the internet and staging you in the back.... et to Brutus?

Cons

A bit of a learning curve for novice users to utilize all the features

Summary

I've been using Little Snitch for over 3 years and I'll keep on using it.

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1 stars

"Don't install Little Snitch"

February 21, 2013  |  By ppsm

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.0.2

Pros

None zero zip nada nothing at all

Cons

Annoying obnoxious viral program that no one outside an expert should use. Shame on CNET for promoting this piece of garbage.

Summary

Leave the area. Do not download.

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5 stars

"A must-have-tool"

October 28, 2012  |  By Jessifranko

 |  Version: Little Snitch 3.0

Pros

Controlling the outgoing data
Auto notification
network monitor

Cons

noting to report so far.

Summary

This is a must-have-tool.
Specially for Mountain Lion which has permanently network-traffic.

The outgoing data can be easily controlled. The tool notify you if an application wants to send something out of your Mac.

Beginner may read the manuals.

Better than Apple's crap-tool gatekeeper(confusing poeple, what is good and what is not good).

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Objective Development
Publisher web site http://www.obdev.at/
Release Date November 28, 2014
Date Added November 28, 2014
Version 3.5.1.4231
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.21MB
File Name LittleSnitch-3.5.1-nightly-(4231).dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 162,110
Downloads Last Week 398
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $34.95

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