Understanding Little Snitch??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Gix1k, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    Anyone willing to explain what I should allow or block? For instance, I have

    storedownloadd wants to connect to a51.phobos.g.aaplimg.com on port 80.

    How do I know if I should allow or deny that....not knowing what it is?
  2. CelestialToys macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2013
    up above the streets and houses
    Were you downloading something from the app store when you got that request? I'm going to assume you were ;-)

    It's usually fairly obvious what is trying to access the internet as it correlates with something you are doing at the time.

    For example, if you are trying to block an app from calling home then when you open that app you can block any requests you get at that time.

    Google is also your friend when trying to identify processes etc.
  3. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    I do what that. If it is something I don't understand I just google the process or look up the ip to see if it belongs to said developer for the app I have open or that is requesting the access.
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I've been using LS for some time now and it's still pretty danged informative/maddening/overwhelming...

    A tip: enable the Network Monitor, and you'll see a list of active and past network connections with a URL-type address to the right of the process name. Pick a random process then click on that URL-type address to the right of the process, and the Monitor will offer a drop-down menu with other hostnames with the same IP address - with some processes you could see quite a number of related hostnames. There's also a search field (which might take some time to filter), if you opt to search for something specifically.

    The phobos-related processes I've seen are related to iTS and MAS connections.

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