Transmission, Little Snitch, and Security

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by phased, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. phased macrumors member

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    hi there,

    relative mac noob, absolute torrent noob here – with a few questions about getting torrents up and running, safely, on my MBP.

    from what i can tell, it's easy enough to get transmission (utorrent is the other program i'm looking at; but that's another story) working but what i'm most concerned about is leaving my computer open to the world / infections / etc. i know macs are no where near as susceptible to nasties as PCs, but i've had such bad experiences on windows that i'd prefer to exercise a deal of caution here.

    i now have the inherent mac firewall turned on (is 'stealth mode' worth enabling?), but i've also been told little snitch is another worthwhile program i should have in my arsenal. mind you, i don't really know how it works, let alone in unison with torrents.

    to be frank, i don't even know the questions i need to be asking here, but if anyone could point me in the right direction, or better yet, list some steps, i'd be greatly appreciative :)

    i've been putting off getting into torrents for a good year or so now, but figure it's time to take the plunge.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I'm not sure how much advice you'll get here. As there are a good number of illegal torrents.
     
  3. phased thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I guess I'm talking more about the programs themselves and less about the torrents.

    If anyone still wants to help, i'd appreciate it.
     
  4. sadcamper macrumors regular

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    Users downloading torrents only have access to the files you're uploading...not your whole computer.

    IMO, Little Snitch is a pain...if you're not comfortable with your software sending information back to the host, then it may be worthwhile.

    If you're concerned about the files you're downloading via torrent, get a virus program (ClamXav is free) and scan them prior to opening.
     

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