Little Snitch & Micro Snitch worth it for protecting privacy?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by 212rikanmofo, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 65816

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    In this day and age with all the stuff going on about companies tracking you and stealing your personal info to sell to others. I really want to safeguard myself as much as possible. Companies can't be trusted anymore, yes I'm pointing the finger at you Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

    I was thinking about buying these 2 apps. But was wondering are they worth it? This way I have more control of ingoing and outgoing traffic to see whose connected or attempting to connect to my computer.

    What would be the best method to protect and secure yourself while online?
     
  2. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    They're good for what they do, but it depends what you're expecting them to do. There's info like your IP address that websites will still know about, and the only thing Little Snitch can do is block that actual connection. It's not really for privacy, it's more like a smart firewall. Good if you want to block that connection completetly, bad if you still want to actually use the site.

    If you want privacy online, you're probably going to want to look into a good VPN or maybe even consider running Tor. But even then, you can still get fingerprinted depending on how you go online, like if you log into your iCloud from Safari and Tor. An app can't help you with that sort of personal responsibility as far as I know.

    Micro Snitch is a different story because it's not about online privacy, it's about alerting you if the mic or webcam are being accessed. Worth running, even if it may never ever activate, but doesn't really play a big part in online privacy the way Little Snitch, a VPN, or Tor would.
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    I recommend running a Pi-Hole on your network to block all that tracking crap and much more. See signature below.
     
  4. 212rikanmofo thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Already am. :) Pi-hole is great. Looks like I'll get Little Snitch and Micro Snitch as well. You can never be too secure these days.
     
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68020

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    Think carefully why you really need Little Snitch.

    You already have Pi-Hole and the hardening of Safari in iOS 12 and Mojave will pretty much take care of most tracking worries. Both are free.

    So what’s left for Little Snitch to deal with are apps. Apps dial out for all sorts of legitimate reasons all the time. It takes a lot of effort to set up LS correctly, without which LS will often break your apps in weird and wonderful ways and sometimes in a way that’s not immediately apparent. What typically happens is that you end up having to let all these communications through anyway. So what’s the point of LS?

    I’m an ex-LS user and current Pi-Hole user.
     
  6. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    Me too.

    Excellent points about LS.
     
  7. blueflame macrumors 6502a

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  8. edsai macrumors newbie

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    You don't install pi-hole on OSX really, you install it on a linux box, docker container, or a raspberry pi. Hypothetically you could use a vm or docker image (still has to use a VM) on your Mac but that is probably more resource intensive than most would want unless you're already running a bunch of VMs on your mac.

    http://pi-hole.net
     
  9. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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    Lulu is a new alternative to little snitch. Very straightforward UI.
     

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