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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "A product you must have"

    April 24, 2012  |   By adrie2009

    Version: Little Snitch 2.5.1

    Pros

    you can see what ports an app wants to use to go on internet. when you don't know the app just block the entrance to internet

    Cons

    i don't know Cons or it must be that you choose to accept the entrance through so many different ports to internet.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not at all helpful to me"

    March 31, 2012  |   By sal55555

    Version: Little Snitch 2.5

    Pros

    Let's you know what your apps are up to

    Cons

    Doesn't indicate whether it's anything to be concerned about.

    Summary

    Thought it was a nuisance and uninstalled it. The things it notified me of were, best I could tell, routine, and even if there had been cause for alarm, I wouldn't have known it without researching each alert. Other users love it - they probably know a great deal more than I do!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I don't understand how to use this...."

    February 11, 2012  |   By Ensatina

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4.4

    Pros

    don't know yet, can't figure it out.

    Cons

    I don't know how to tell if I need to deny something. I denied one item and then I couldn't do a google search... so went back and allowed it to go through - then I was fine. I got this because I inadvertently clicked on a facebook link from someone whose account was hijacked and later got a message from google that said "We're sorry... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries." I thought that might have had something to do with the Facebook issue and thought littlesnitch might help me with that, but I tried the same search after installing little snitch and still got the same message from google. oh well.

    Summary

    I'm only giving it one star and only because I have to in order to post this. Littlesnich could be great, I have no idea because I don't know how to use it. They shouldn't assume everyone understands how to use the product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A must have App."

    October 20, 2011  |   By retiretofl

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4.4

    Pros

    It just works right

    Cons

    I guess only Con is, it is not free

    Summary



    Updated on Feb 4, 2012

    Best Mac Program out there. I wish it had a PC ver. too. Takes control, in a good way.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Know who is being contacted by your computer!"

    October 20, 2011  |   By jmumaugh

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4.4

    Pros

    Little Snitch works in the background. You do train it to know what you will allow but that is not a difficult chore.

    Cons

    I would like to know what was planned to send out but when I asked about that, it was pointed out that it was probably coded anyway and I still wouldn't know was was being sent. I think the company that makes Little Snitch were correct.

    Summary

    This is an excellent program and well worth the price.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very active application"

    October 2, 2011  |   By walt3bar

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4.2

    Pros

    It seemed to do what it is supposed to do

    Cons

    Trial was way too short
    Interruptions during trial were many

    Summary

    Maybe the full version, after its learning curve, is less obtrusive. I would have liked to try it for more than the few hours allowed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Early CNET download link error -- wrong file"

    July 29, 2011  |   By KerryGinn--2008

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4.1

    Pros

    certified virus-free

    Cons

    CNET currently downloads InstallTeamDrive2.4.124_TMDR.dmg instead of the requested Little Snitch

    Summary

    Untill CNET fixes the link, visit the Objective Development site for the software update.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the bodyguard for privacy"

    July 24, 2011  |   By lumac--2008

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4

    Pros

    look above

    Cons

    nothing to find

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