6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2011 7:08 AM by etresoft
Emirater Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm thinking about getting little snitch because I heard that it protects your private data from being sent out.

But has anyone out there found it to be really good?

Any comments would be really appreciated.

Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (129,135 points)
    Read the data in the Little Snitch website. It does not

    protects your private data from being sent out.


    It warns you when an app is trying to communicate with somewhere on the internet. It makes no call about the nature of the data being sent. Pretty much every app on your Mac reaches out onto the Internet at some point - even for basic things like Update checks. Little Snitch will warn you about most of those.

    Regards

    TD
  • Emirater Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So do you think I should get it? What's your opinion?
  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (129,135 points)
    What data are you trying to protect? Do you have any reason to believe that some app is sending private data somewhere? If you thinks so, wouldn't it make more sense to stop using that app?

    Regards

    TD
  • Dr_Vudu Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Good suggestions here.

    Usually these forums are for Apple apps, not the 3rd party apps.

    Define why you need 'Little Snitch." Can its developer REALLY tell you why you need it?
    You may be creating a need you really don't have, based on a misamic concern about the web.

    I've tried it, but never really made sense of what good it was doing me. Too many alerts to
    fine tune & manage, I found. Simply telling you about connections, without any real sense of whether they were malicious or normal.
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (59,350 points)
    Post your question on the Little Snitch forums. Apple Discussions only provide support for Apple products:

    http://forums.obdev.at/index.php?c=6
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (25,760 points)
    Emirater wrote:
    So do you think I should get it? What's your opinion?


    I like it because it prevents spam e-mail from "phoning home". You can tell Mail to disable loading all images, but you can't be selective. Little Snitch lets me be selective.

    The default settings allow most standard applications to do what they need to. Little Snitch doesn't block normal Safari connections, for example, unless you configure it to do so.