What price security? With all the talk about Mac malware these days, sometimes we overlook the obvious. The most dangerous Mac malware is usually installed by the user. A malicious Trojan Horse has to wait for the user to install the app before it begins to compromise a Mac.
What about all those attempts to hijack a Mac over the internet? If you’re a little paranoid, you can add Little Snitch to help stop outbound network connections, or, turn on your Mac’s built-in firewall, or add a free, high-powered Mac firewall management system.
To add more security using your Mac’s firewall, add WaterRoof, a free, front-end tool to manage the options.
Options? Apple limits the Firewall options in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall. There’s not much to configure in Firewall, but many more options are hiding under wraps. WaterRoof opens those options and presents you with a nearly bewildering array of firewall tools, settings, and options.
Does that look complex? It is. That’s why Apple doesn’t make it easy for users to venture inside the Mac’s default firewall.
WaterRoof gives you options to create, modify, or delete firewall rules so you can open or plug any of the Mac’s thousands of network communications ports.
You can ban specific incoming connections by setting up a rule. WaterRoof scans your Mac so you can see which network services are running and which are open to the public.
You can block incoming connections, listen for and monitor remote connections to your Mac, and block or admit whichever ones you want.
There’s a reason Apple doesn’t make firewall access easy for the Mac masses. A firewall is a complex, complicated beast. Not only can it save you from nefarious intruders, but not managed correctly, an open firewall can let in all kinds of trouble.
WaterRoof, while a great addition to help assuage your security headaches, can be a bear to learn and deploy.