GUI Firewall frontend for 10.9.2 to control outbound?

expat42451

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Have been recently taking a look at outbound traffic. Decided that I want a way to control it and I understand that 10.9.2 has IPFW. Unfortunately from the settings section it isn't possible to control outbound.

A web search produced a number of GUI front ends to enable outbound control. From all I am able to find, the couple of most evident programs out there- Waterroof and noobproof- do not specifically indicate that they are compatible with 10.9.2. I understand that it is possible to enable and configure outbound via CLI but before I tackle that, can anyone recommend a fronted to accomplish the same thing?
 

expat42451

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Thanks very much. Will look into that.

What is a surprise to me is that in 10.9, some sort of outbound control isn't incorporated into the GUI firewall controls.

Regards and thanks for the recommendation
 

maflynn

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Another vote for little snitch, its a much more robust product that provides more access to controlling what information is flowing out of your computer
 

satcomer

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Have been recently taking a look at outbound traffic. Decided that I want a way to control it and I understand that 10.9.2 has IPFW. Unfortunately from the settings section it isn't possible to control outbound.

A web search produced a number of GUI front ends to enable outbound control. From all I am able to find, the couple of most evident programs out there- Waterroof and noobproof- do not specifically indicate that they are compatible with 10.9.2. I understand that it is possible to enable and configure outbound via CLI but before I tackle that, can anyone recommend a fronted to accomplish the same thing?

You need the donation ware WaterRoof or NoobProof.
 

expat42451

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I have since my last post put IceFloor on the machine and have played with it a bit but am leaning toward Little Snitch. I also discovered that the firewall in 10.9.2 is not IPFW as it was in 10.8 (which I upgraded from).

Last 2 days have been travel days for me here in Ecuador, currently in Esmeraldas and tomorrow up to Rio Verde. I plan to go to ground there for a few days so hopefully will have time to play with Little Snitch. I still can't understand why Apple didn't include a more robust front end on the 10.9.2 firewall to enable outbound control without having to use CLI...of course CLI isn't bad-- I guess I have become lazy.....

Again many thanks

Expat