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Hands Off!

Monitor your computer. Protect your privacy.

Avg rating of 1.5 (2)| 3 comments

What is Hands Off!?

Hands Off! is an application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks. Being able to monitor the normally unnoticeable activities enables you to make informed decisions regarding the transfer of your private information, hence avoiding confidential information leakage.

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The company One Periodic closed and all its products are no longer available. Last version of Hands Off!, 4.4.2, was released in February 2020.

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  • Developed byOne Periodic Inc.
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) that cost about $50.
  • RatingAverage rating of 1.5
  • Alternatives12 alternatives listed

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  • English

Our users have written 3 comments and reviews about Hands Off!, and it has gotten 11 likes

Hands Off! was added to AlternativeTo by metriccq on and this page was last updated . Hands Off! is sometimes referred to as Hands Off.

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The program has potential but the current implementation is complete and utter garbage. Can't add per-app firewall where one could allow any and all connections when requested by a given app, Furthermore if one does add it then there's a plethora of system or daemons activity that will constantly bug you to grant or deny access. I even set "always" by default and set to allow any network access... but somehow the same processes would recurrently come up and ask for access.

Eventually after a week the program completely drove me up a wall and I uninstalled if for good. It's THE WORST program I've ever used in my entire life as it had the potential to drive me completely mad, coming in the way of work so often to become a true torture tool.

The person in charge of UX at oneperiodic must be a genuine sadist or perhaps he'd never used the program on a regular basis.

Furthermore I tried to suspend the firewall by Disabling rules... but it would have no effect to the extent of preventing HandsOff! from constantly prompting to grant or deny access to this or that program or system process. I Then also tried via preferences to disable monitor... same outcome. There seem no way to deactivate the program when user wishes to do so.

If there was a possibility to rate with negative stars I'd do so because for the level of frustration this garbage causes those who try it, they should be the ones who pay users, not vice versa.

I was looking for an alternative to Little Snitch since due to upgrading to Mojave I found later myself to be forced to upgrade to version 4 as the application gave no prior warning nor I received a notification from the developers that it would be the case as a current user of v.3.x

I am still going to try other alternatives as while I do support devs of good programs (and it's not the case of the revolting, frustrating, bugger that handsoff is), I never appreciate not being given a heads up when upgrading OS will mean losing the ability to use a program I've paid for.

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Thanks maximeleb (can't make a direct comment for some reason), now I know not to get Hands Off. However, what brings me here is exactly to find an alternative to Little Snitch, because I can't find any way to either quit the application or stop it from starting with the system. It doesn't have the options for that, and if I force quit it from System Monitor it just restarts itself. That's a bit aggressive for my taste, not very sympathetic. I don't use it much, it's just sucking up system resources, but still I would like to find an alternative. Radio Silence (in the alternatives to Little Snitch) seems nice and cheap, also TripMode (same price). And the open source IceFloor – I'll try this one, as it's free and looks decent.

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I bought HandsOff! few monthes ago. It works pretty well...when it works, but crashes a lot without notifying anything ! Your firewall falls down, and you cannot notice anything...

Moreover, One Periodic asked me to pay again $20 to get the version 3 that just adds...Mac OSX El Capitan support. That is a shame.

Better get Little Snitch which has a better reputation. And above all, do not get into their pricing gears. They will ask you to pay a new license for every MacOS X updates without really new features ; and they are not ashamed about it.

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