Little Snitch Reviews

Simple and powerful

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


We need an open-source alternative

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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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I'm looking for 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.


Most annoying piece of software EVER

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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.