NoobProof for Mac

NoobProof for Mac

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.5
File Size:
730.68KB
Date Added:
May 07, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Total Downloads:
3,412
Downloads Last Week:
8
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

NoobProof for Mac allows you to set up a firewall and change its settings, quickly and easily. It comes with a configuration wizard and two modes of operation, normal mode and supernoob mode. The app is easy to set up and use and runs smoothly, making it a good solution for easy firewall configuration and management.

After installation, NoobProof for Mac prompts you to choose between manual or wizard configuration. Clicking wizard configuration takes you through a quick process that helps you set up a firewall even if you haven't used one before. You can choose between normal configuration, which allows you to select which services to allow and which to deny, and supernoob configuration, which blocks access to all services. Of course you can also determine who gets access to what services. It's possible to set a bandwidth limit as well as choose the load options for the firewall. The app records and logs firewall activity, and displays services, ports, and permissions in a streamlined interface. You can stop the firewall at any time, if you want -- there's a nice button for that.

Want to configure your Mac firewall but don't know how to go about it? NoobProof for Mac can help you. It's accessible and comes with a nice configuration wizard that eases everything.

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  • 5 stars

    "NoobProof Initial Review"

    January 09, 2009   |   By info3982

    Version: NoobProof 1.4 Public Beta 1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I tried Noobproof to resolve a security issue with my desktop installation and some concerns with Apple's latest Firewall. My issues have to do with PCI compliance on my desktop MacOS OS X 10.5.5 (Leopard).

    Noobproof has specific handles that I need to control both TCP and UDP port issues that I found only in way more expensive utilities. Since NoobProof is free (donations only), I figured to give it a try.

    Should say that I consider my self a newbie to port control, esp. on MacOS. Have done some reading as to security issues and found a lot of info in the public domain refuting the idea that Mac are somehow impervious to being hacked into. The serious security guys are certainly saying that most of the 'holes' though Windows prone are certainly available to Mac hackers as well. Apple clearly believes it too as they have patched the big ones recently and continue to do so. The problem with an 'easy-to-use' system like OS X (open GUI? is that the right term??) is that the IP ports are purposely rendered invisible to the GUI and are difficult to see status on to control. Well, this software solves some visibility and control issues. What you, the user, choose to do with all that power in NoobProof, that is up to you.

    So I would urge caution in using this software, especially if you don't know what you want to do or have any advice on what to turn on both with NoobProof and Apple's Firewall (which NoobProof uses). NoobProof is basically a scripting tool for Apple Firewall and they do not reinvent that wheel (nor should they).

    All said, I think NoobProof is very good with the tools they use. For me right now it seems to do the trick. I'd actually rate it 3 1/2 stars if there were such a thing. There is a learning curve and when proficient with it, I may come back and rate it higher. This is my initial review. Kudos to the authors!

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