Little Snitch for Mac

Little Snitch for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 144 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.3.4
File Size:
21.95MB
Date Added:
July 23, 2014
Price:
Free to try; $34.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
151,773
Downloads Last Week:
457
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 144 votes

    • 5 star: 89
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 12
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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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  • 5 stars

    "The Best 'Reverse Firewall' Available. Now 64-bit."

    September 25, 2012   |   By zunipus

    Version: Little Snitch 3.0

    Pros

    Little Snitch continues to be the best 'reverse firewall' available. This major upgrade also adds further refinement and control to all out-going Internet calls. It is well worth the $16.95 upgrade price.

    Cons

    NOT for newbies.

    The complexity of understanding and controlling out-going Internet calls by browsers and apps these days has reached the point of being often incomprehensible. It requires research to know exactly what is going on. Power users may well find themselves devoting more time than they like keeping up with WHOIS-ing the obscure addresses and ports being called these days. This is no fault of Little Snitch.

    I wish Little Snitch had a quick and easy WHOIS service built into each message box. Little Snitch looks up the names of sites being called via reverse DNS. But that's no longer good enough when there is no name associated with an IP address. I want the details quickly at hand.

    Summary

    Little Snitch is now 64-bit, like nearly all of OS X at this point. This version refines control of out-going calls over the Internet. The $16.95 upgrade price is nice. It is well worth buying for any geek level Mac user. I appreciate all the new details that have been added in this version. The developer has put a lot of time into pushing Little Snitch even further in functionality.

    The interface of Little Snitch Configuration has become much more complex. Getting used to it will take patience, but provides fairly swift comprehension if you're already used to Little Snitch. Newbies will be overwhelmed, not question about it. Dive in, learn one thing at a time, gradually get the hang of it. Do NOT give up and turn on automatic approval! Keep working on it as this is a valuable tool for many reasons.

    I want a full WHOIS service built into every Little Snitch popup box. The app will use reverse-DNS to look up the names of IP services, but frequently there is no server name available. So give me MORE information about the IP address! I want to know who owns the IP address. That can tell me all I need to know. If there really is no data on an IP address, I want to know that as well. I do NOT want to have to keep running a 3rd party WHOIS all the time on obscure IP addresses! It would be entirely easy to add a WHOIS button into the Little Snitch boxes that trigger the WHOIS service built into OS X already. If we've already got a highly complex reverse firewall, which we do in Little Snitch v3.0, then lets get the essential bells and whistles up front and available as well. It is entirely pointless trying to make Little Snitch into an easy basic user application. So let's geek it out to the max if the further details are critical. For me, WHOIS for obscure IP addresses is critical.

    One nice feature that appeared immediately when I first ran the upgrade was a notice about redundant settings. You get little Caution symbols listed for the stuff that can be potentially removed, and little diamond symbols for the more general rules that encompass the detailed redundant rules. I don't know where the redundancy came from, but expect it was due to Little Snitch itself adding the basic rules. That's fine. I went through the long list, made sure all the basic rules made sense of each app (which often requires looking up the service and understanding what it does) and tossed out all the redundant rules that were not needed. The result is a nice cleaning.

    The big whopping danger with all the complexity of controlling out-going calls is missing that one service you don't recognize, or may be using a copy-cat name, and approving it to call out. There is no doubt that we are going to be 'social engineered' at some point, after an infection has already occurred, to approve a bad service. Therefore, vigilance is required.

    This is the sort of stuff that goes right over Granny's head. She'll end up auto-approving everything just to shut up Little Snitch. Therefore, this is Geek software, and very nice Geek software. I suspect that with time and need there will be more easily accessible white and black lists on the net to assist reverse firewalls know what to do without consulting the user every little time. But until then, Little Snitch remains a confusing hassle to anyone who doesn't know what they're doing with it and who doesn't actually WANT its full functionality.

    I continue to enjoy having Little Snitch and appreciate the developer's work on it. I look forward to other people's reviews and insights.

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  • 2 stars

    "Little Snitch 2.5.2 does NOT run in 64 bit"

    June 26, 2012   |   By sleepytiger

    Version: Little Snitch 2.5

    Pros

    There are claims circulating that Little Snitch 2.5.2 supports 64 bit mode. Simply Google, "Little Snitch 64 bit" & you'll see for yourself. As Marshall McLuhan noted, "I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it."

    Cons

    It may reportedly "support" 64 bit mode but it doesn't actually run in 64 bit mode according to my Snow Leopard's (v.10.6.8) proprietary Activity Monitor application. What's up with that? Am I missing something?

    Summary

    I would gladly purchase Little Snitch Version 2.5.2, however, until the folks @objectivedevlopment come up with a fix or check with the powers that be at Apple about the issue, I think I'll hold on to my $29.95.

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