Little Snitch versus Hands Off!

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  1. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    I just noticed that I had a paid licence for Hands Off! so I've uninstalled Little Snitch to try HO.

    For folks that have used Hands Off, any tips/tricks?

    For users that have tried both, any opinions?
     
  2. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular

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    I much prefer LS over HO. They essentially do the same thing, but I prefer LS. Use whichever one you like better. Been using LS for years.
     
  3. Signal-11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Likewise been using LS for years.

    What I'm wondering is if longer term users of Hands Off have any reasons why they prefer HO - I think it's often very easy to miss convenient details/workflows when you're first just trying out software.
     
  4. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Would be interesting to hear from any HO users.....been using LS for years, so it would have to be something really special to make me switch.
     
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    I haven't used hands off, but I do find LS to be a great product. Perhaps I'll download and try HO to see if its better but for the most part I'm content with LittleSnitch
     
  6. Signal-11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right off the bat, I prefer HO's menubar network monitor. OTOH, I prefer LS's mouseover network monitor.

    I prefer HO's menubar all-disable/shortcut key.

    Not sure if I prefer HO or LS's popup rules queries. Leaning HO.

    I'm preferring HO's config/preferences access in general. Less clicky, more intuitive/naturally Mac-ish.

    MonkeyBrainz, you never did state why you prefer LS.

    Anyone know why I have to reboot for LS to be installed/uninstalled and why I don't for HO?
     
  7. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular

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    I prefer it simply because I'm familiar with it and have been using it for ages. I may toy around with HO a bit more, but I don't have a need to pay for another piece of software that essentially does the same thing, even it does have a prettier interface. Maybe I'm also fond of the name "Little Snitch" :p.
     
  8. Can't Stop macrumors 6502

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    I have Hands Off!, but i prefer Little Snitch, Hands Off! just doesn't feel that solid and tha app is a bit bloated, it gets slow after long periods of uptime.
     
  9. bushbeat, Feb 23, 2012
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    Long time LS user - did not know about HO at all. It seems that HO has got a few nice options: Block incoming conn. and File security.

    EDIT: Does anyone know how much resources the 'Monitoring disk access' option in HO takes?
     
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    Too much, it's not the most optimized app.
     
  11. Signal-11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Seemingly, not much at all.

    Right now, I'm pretty impressed with with HO's features that LS doesn't have - blocking file write/disk access is neat, as is the two step process for approving rules on first app run.
     
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    Tech Support

    When the features & reviews of competing apps are nearly identical, the deal breaker for me is the quality of the tech support.

    I have had great tech support from LS, but have no experience with HO.

    Any comments on HO's tech support?
     
  13. Signal-11 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    For what did you need tech support from ObDev (LS)? Can't say I've ever dealt with them. I'm usually a Google and forums guy. Personally, I'll probably never contact Metakine for tech support.

    BTW, the feature set is not nearly identical. As has been mentioned, Hands Off can block incoming connections as well as prevent file write access.

    I haven't run into anything deeply annoying about HO yet. I've been using Little Snitch since Leopard and I'm not inclined to switch back to LS. HO seems to do a bit more, with a bit more polish.

    So far.
     
  14. KingJosh macrumors 6502

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    I hadn't used any before today. I installed both and both were doing their job but I found hands off to be more user friendly and also I don't have to buy it. I just leave it running for 4 hours then it turns off for 5 minutes then back on for another 4 hours by itself as the free version. If I wanted to buy Hands off has the better price too. It does more apparently (i am kinda novice at this so I'm just gonna trust in that) and IMO it looks a lot neater.
     
  15. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    I wonder which one is better for use with mavericks.
     
  16. Negritude macrumors 6502

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    I prefer Hands Off! It has a few extra features, like control over disk writing, that Little Snitch doesn't. Also, the interface is a little bit more comprehensible to me, despite the similarities.
     
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    I prefer Hands Off, But it should be mentioned they're very similar and Hands Off is $50 and Little Snitch is $35
     
  18. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Activity Monitor (included in MacOS X for many years) now reports how much data each app sends or receives from the network.
     
  19. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    It seems that most people will make the switch from little snitch to handsoff, now on mavericks.
     
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    ...and your rationale behind that statement? I have no plans to switch away from LS
     
  21. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    Ι am just reading user opinions here and there, in several sites. And many loyal fans are ready to quit.
    This is why I stated this.
    Maybe a poll here in the forum, would give us a clear image.
     
  22. cool11 macrumors 65816

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    Handsoff seems to have issues with el capitan.
    It may prevent installation of 10.11, or 10.11.1
     

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