Firewall?

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Do macs come with a software firewall? If not, what do you recommend?

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    It comes with one... System Prefs --> Sharing --> Firewall tab.



    You can use Brickhouse if you want a utility to help configure it.

    http://personalpages.tds.net/~brian_...rickhouse.html
  • Reply 2 of 7
    jwri004jwri004 Posts: 626member
    Is that version of brickhouse dated?



    Versiontracker has BrickHouse 1.2b12



    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/9103



    Other good security products include



    NetBarrier (firewall)

    LittleSnitch (stops products phoning home)





  • Reply 3 of 7
    dobbydobby Posts: 794member
    If you use the command line ipfw commands then it is similar to a pix firewall.



    Dobby.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    ibook911ibook911 Posts: 607member
    Is there anything like ZoneAlarm for windows? I love being able to simply say, when I open a program, whether or not I want to allow access to it.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    onlookeronlooker Posts: 5,252member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by ibook911

    Is there anything like ZoneAlarm for windows? I love being able to simply say, when I open a program, whether or not I want to allow access to it.



    that would be little snitch.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    keeperkeeper Posts: 8member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by onlooker

    that would be little snitch.



    I'm a bit apprehensive about installing Little Snitch from reading the reviews on Version Tracker. It seems like an unnecessary piece of software as well. Doesn't everyone want to know if their software is up-to-date? If that's all applications are "phoning home" for, who cares? Doesn't the built-in Apple Firewall do the job satisfactory?



    Edit: I meant to quote jwri004, sorry.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    talksense101talksense101 Posts: 1,737member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Keeper

    I'm a bit apprehensive about installing Little Snitch from reading the reviews on Version Tracker. It seems like an unnecessary piece of software as well. Doesn't everyone want to know if their software is up-to-date? If that's all applications are "phoning home" for, who cares? Doesn't the built-in Apple Firewall do the job satisfactory?



    Edit: I meant to quote jwri004, sorry.




    I dont like Applications 'phoning home' without my permission. How do you know if the software you have on your machine is not spyware? There are tons of those mal-ware on Windows and ZoneAlarm is worth it. It is good to have that facility on the Mac as well.
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