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Little Snitch for Mac

Editors' Review

by   / March 07, 2013

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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Editors' Review

by   / March 07, 2013

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.4.3

macOS Catalina compatibility/p>

Little Snitch warns about potential consequences when you deny a connection and Little Snitch knows the purpose of the connection. Since this warning may be annoying, it can now be disabled on a per-application basis.

It's now possible to simply delete "Code Signature Issue Override Rules" in Little Snitch Configuration. Fixing the underlying issue is still possible in the context menu or by double-clicking the rule.

General

Publisher Objective Development
Publisher web site http://www.obdev.at/
Release Date October 08, 2019
Date Added October 08, 2019
Version 4.4.3

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Privacy Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan

Download Information

File Size 39.46MB
File Name LittleSnitch-4.4.3.dmg

Popularity

Total Downloads 211,921
Downloads Last Week 53

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $34.95
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