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MikeGreo

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Oct 15, 2019
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Hi,

I installed CleanBrowsing DNS, how ironic it has uninstall protection, which I enabled, but it was a piece of cake for someone else, to just go to launchpad, click and hold the option key and remove it.

Second method is go to terminal, navigate to the Applications folder and delete the App from there.

My question is, is there a way to prevent this application from being installed?

And before you ask, I'll need to prevent the application getting installed in an admin account. Reason for this is, computer is being used for programming, and often times "sudo" is required.

Is it possible for the CleanBrowsing DNS, to belong to another admin account with it's own password, in which even another admin user in another account would't be able to delete it, even with sudo?

Many thanks
 

Brian33

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You say
My question is, is there a way to prevent this application from being installed?
but I think you’re asking to prevent being UN-installed?

Is it possible for the CleanBrowsing DNS, to belong to another admin account with it's own password, in which even another admin user in another account would't be able to delete it, even with sudo?
I don’t know about the particular software you mention, but for any typical app I think the answer is NO. An admin user with sudo has the power to un-install anything, if they know (or can discover) how.
 

MikeGreo

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Oct 15, 2019
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It was a piece of cake to delete this, even with uninstall protection and password enabled. Simply click launchpad, click and hold the Option key and click CleanBrowsing app icon.

There has to be a way to prevent this.
 

MikeGreo

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Oct 15, 2019
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I find it so ridiculous. And there is even premium version where you pay for it.

It is analogous to hiring a security firm to come to your house and install all sorts of security equipment, electrical fencing, infra red and motion detection alarms, door locks and code upon entry, on all points of entry to the garden and building, the whole shebang, and the freaking intruder just cuts an exposed wire and waltzes in. Un freaking believable. Why the developers even bother to develop this thing.

They should have spent their time doing something else.
 

bogdanw

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I find it so ridiculous. Why the developers even bother to develop this thing.

They should have spent their time doing something else.
You don’t seem to understand how CleanBrowsing works or what an admin account is.
To use your analogy, a security firm can not protect you from the people you give the code to disable the security system installed.

“Configure Content Filtering on MacOS with CleanBrowsing”:
“CleanBrowsing is a DNS-based filter that prevents adult content from being loaded. It doesn’t require any software installation and can be easily enabled anywhere by switching your DNS servers to the ones we provide.”
https://cleanbrowsing.org/guides/macos/
https://cleanbrowsing.org/filters/
 
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bogdanw

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Sounds like you need a hardware solution…
Software or hardware, this kind of restrictions are very easy to bypass nowadays.
Chrome, Edge and Firefox have “Secure DNS” (DNS-over-HTTPS) built in, so they can ignore whatever DNS you set.
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/10468685
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/privacy-whitepaper/
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/firefox-dns-over-https
Opera and others have free VPN built in https://www.opera.com/features/free-vpn
And there is always TOR https://www.torproject.org/download/
 
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