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Little Snitch Comments

We need an open-source alternative

about Little Snitch · ·

Title says it all. We need an open source alternative. Security & network monitoring software should be able to be audited for integrity by the open source community.

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Most annoying piece of software EVER

about Little Snitch · ·

If you really want to go for some annoyance, go get this program.

Using Skype? You will have hundreds of dialogues popping up. Using Twitch? Same. There is absolutely no intelligence in handling requests.

Want to update? Well, you will have to restart your Mac.

Want to uninstall? Well, you will have to restart your Mac.

I honestly HATE this program!!!

(1) Yes the configuration of the firewall is a pain in the ass over the first few days and becomes less of an annoyance over the first few weeks, as most rules are set by then. This aspect of the software clearly lacks a recommendation system with optional preset rules for atleast the most popular software, provided by the community with some oversight by the developer.
(1.1) For software like Skype or any other P2P software that uses an indefinite number of ports, it's best to allow traffic to certain domains or just all traffic for that program, unless you know very explicitly what you want to block. With that mindset it is just one rule to set and the annoyance is dealt with.
(2) The software is very mature, thus updates are seldom, like every few months.
(3) As my understanding of the Mac OS X OS architecture goes, there is no way around a restart after an update, because little snitch has to be a driver to intercept network traffic, and a change in kernel drivers require a restart to become effective. So it is a hassle, but there is no way around it - no competitor would be able to update without restart.

Hope that helps to stop hating and love the snitch.

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Great work, Little Snitch

Comment by FinnHarris
about Little Snitch · Nov 2016 · 1 Helpful

best firewall for mac

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Simple and powerful

about Little Snitch · · 1 Helpful

Non invasive and great for monitoring network usage across the system.

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