12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2009 1:20 PM by Duane
RMT07 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Do you think the application Little Snitch is worth the $30 for added security or does the Apple firewall do a good enough job?

Thanks

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  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6 (14,235 points)
    Hello RMT07,

    Apple's " own brand " Firewall is legendary - Its more than enough to protect 99.9% of computer users.

    Little Snitch has other uses other than a Firewall!

    Regards.

    Ian.
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,890 points)
    Only you can decide if Little Snitch is worth the money. We can't make that decision for you.
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Little Snitch and OS X's firewall do completely different jobs.

    OS X's firewall prevents outside requests from making it onto your system.

    Little Snitch alerts you to attempts by applications running on your Mac to get out to the internet.

    From the Little Snitch homepage:
    A firewall protects your computer against unwanted guests from the Internet. But who protects your private data from being sent out? Little Snitch does!
  • RMT07 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hello,,

    Thank You,are any of you running Little Snitch and if so are you satisfied with the software?I have no problem with the price I just want to make sure it is useful and benefit me by protecting my system beyond the Apple firewall.

    Thanks again
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6 (14,235 points)
    Hello again RMT07,

    I fear that you may be mis-reading, mis-understanding the issue here. Little Snitch is not a Firewall. You don't need Little Snitch - If a Firewall is what you require. The onboard Firewall is more than you require or desire.

    What are you trying to protect yourself against?

    Regards once more.

    EDIT: I know I have contradicted my earlier posts re the " other uses " ! I was being <ahem> cautious.

    Ian.
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    I use Little Snitch and find it very informative. The information it provides you helps you understand what applications are accessing the internet and how much they access the internet. You can also block that access so that applications that you don't want to access the internet can't or even to keep your bandwidth from being consumed by some application that you don't feel should have access to the internet.
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6 (14,235 points)
    Hello Duane,

    No one could have phrased that better than you!

    Regards.

    Ian.
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    A little bit of run-on sentence there...
  • RMT07 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thank You to you all for your response.
  • Ian Bickerstaffe Level 6 Level 6 (14,235 points)
    Hello again RMT07,

    A pleasure to assist. Thanks for marking this one as solved.

    Regards.

    Ian.

    ( Duane... " Well said! " )
  • ibooky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Everyone,

    I've just started using Spotify (which is great BTW) but Little Snitch is interrupting the streaming all the time and it's becoming a real hassle! Has anyone got any advice on how (or what) I might be able to write a "rule" which would prevent the Little Snitch windows from constantly popping up?

    Cheers
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    ibooky, Welcome to the discussion area!

    You may want to post your question in the Little Snitch discussion forum.