Little Snitch for Mac User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Indispensable"

    July 23, 2011  |   By Treetoes

    Version: Little Snitch 2.4

    Pros

    Does what it is supposed to do. Always vigilant.

    Cons

    None. It is perfect.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total disappointment."

    May 14, 2011  |   By keitdevincy

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.6

    Pros

    It may let you know what websites are tracking you on the internet, but at the expense of losing the function of your computer for other tasks.

    Cons

    The program severely and significantly degrades the processing power of the CPU on my Power PC iMac.

    Summary

    Not worth the hassle. Too big a sacrifice for the results.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Useful utility."

    May 5, 2011  |   By billhilton--2008

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.6

    Pros

    Interface is good, simple and effective.

    Cons

    Doesn't wash the dishes. Actually I cannot think of any.

    Summary

    LS is a useful utility for adding security to a Mac. It is a good product. It isn't a product to get excited about.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "indispensable utility"

    May 1, 2011  |   By fredlave

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.6

    Pros

    runs silently in the background until a program tries to dial out, then it pops up with an alert that allows you to allow the call, always allow the call or deny this call or deny it forever. Great. Nothing else like it.

    Cons

    None noted after using LS for a few years.

    Summary

    Indispensable, unique utility.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Peace of mind for the security conscious."

    March 16, 2011  |   By ThomasHarte

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.4

    Pros

    You will find out if someone is trying to talk to the network covertly. Since that's the main point of malware nowadays, if any of that crops up on the Mac then you'll probably know.

    Cons

    Quite a lot of effort to set up initially.

    Summary

    If you've found Little Snitch because you're looking for this sort of tool then grab it - it's well implemented, occupying a minuscule amount of system resources, and seems to catch things reliably.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A must-have utility."

    March 10, 2011  |   By fredlave

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.4

    Pros

    You would be amazed at the amount of communicating your computer does without you knowing it. Little Snitch monitors and controls this communication very well.

    Cons

    None I've noticed.

    Summary

    Extremely useful, inexpensive utility.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I give 5 stars only to FW, so this is the maximum!"

    March 3, 2011  |   By GianMarco_Tavazzani

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.4

    Pros

    Continuously improved!

    Cons

    Could recognise automatic an upgrae of applications

    Summary

    Used by ages without any trouble, following the different user interfaces

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Warns of pending external connections"

    January 29, 2011  |   By aggtime

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.3

    Pros

    efficient and clear

    Cons

    Can be very busy

    Summary

    Quietly performs as promised

    Updated on Feb 5, 2011

    Tells you when a program invokes an outside net site. Some are surprising, and useful to know

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Full manual control personal firewall"

    January 12, 2011  |   By jonkx

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.3

    Pros

    You can restrict an app's access to a network host or port or protocol permanently or temporarily. You can generalize a filter to all apps or all ports or all hosts. Critical apps are locked to avoid unintended network denial.

    Cons

    Unlike free ZoneAlarm Personal Firewall, there's no automatic intelligence, so you must design your own firewall. However, you won't be blindsided unless you do it to yourself. Little Snitch blocks outgoing network accesses only.

    Summary

    If you are fussy or like to tinker, you can spend a lot of time fine-tuning this application only to get disgusted and start over again. It's a mature program with nearly complete control over external network access. This kind of firewall reacts to network access by applications. If a new (different than those recorded before) access is attempted by an app, Little Snitch will pop up a dialog to allow you to decide whether to allow it. It is low profile - does not use much processor time. The list of filters can get large but is well organized and very easy to read and modify and there is a search feature in case the list becomes otherwise unmanageable. Little Snitch filtering can be completely suspended if desired. It has just the right number of features to be useful and flexible.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Efficient!"

    December 30, 2010  |   By lukssi

    Version: Little Snitch 2.3.3

    Pros

    Information is exhaustive. Connection choice is quick to make

    Cons

    I don't see much...

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