Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hands Off! - Monitor your computer. Protect your privacy

Hands Off! is an personal firewall for Mac OS X which monitors network access (inbound and outbound) as well as file access. It helps you to monitor normally unnoticeable  access of applications to your network and disks and allow/disallow those based on your rules.
Let's be honest the build in firewall in Mac OS X is not very useful and nowadays applications send all kind of information stored on your computer to whoever they want. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data without your consent.

The installation is very easy just drop Hands Off! to your applications folder and run it, without rebooting you are instantly protected.
Applications that try to access network connections or files will prompt a dialog where you can decide to either block or allow those. Those decisions get saved as rules which you can modify at any time.


You can also create rules to allow access to specific domains/ip adresses or files for all applications without getting asked when a application access tries to access those.

Unlike it competitors Hands Off! can even block DNS resolve queries.

The Network monitor. which gives you a quick look at all traffic on your box, is another neat feature.



Tl;dr? Here is a brief overview of the features:

Protect your privacy
Keep an eye on Internet connections from all applications as to expose the hidden connections. 
Prevent them from sending data without your consent, hence avoiding information leakage. 

Safely run untrusted applications
Manage disk access so dubious programs cannot obtain confidential information. Avert permanent changes or data loss by prohibitting disk writing. Prevent viruses and other malware infiltration.

Designate friendly applications
Specify which applications should be trusted with specific operations. The flexible configuration enables the smooth running of your activities while maintaining top security.


You can test Hands Off! in Demo mode or buy a License for $24,95

Download here

55 comments:

elexerdelex said...

nice name xD

Jay.CA said...

this is gonna be useful, thanks!

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Thanks for the tips

Hom Diddly said...

looks like a useful tool.

Freddy said...

god tips, thanks

Jennifer Black said...

You had me, half-way through the article i already knew i was going to be downloading this, then got to the bottom, saw its not free and thought "damn".

http://dasmeistro.blogspot.com said...

Can this be used for windows? =)

Stare Dad said...

Hmm this is more than a firewall.

JapRoulette said...

I had this. It was ok, but confusing

Killerko said...

macs doesn't have a built in firewalls?

Alphabeta said...

Neato.

Chuck said...

Aw not free :(

HaigoR said...

Dude, i've heard some great things about Hands Off! I'm getting it now, since I've been trying to get a proper network monitor for a while now. Used to just follow what iStat would tell me. Thanks!

skinned sheep said...

awesome. i usually hate having to deal with firewalls. but they are needed for sure.

Wayward Disposition said...

I've got this on my computer. Great application. It works like a charm.

Oscar said...

Great app, thanks.

Azurikai said...

kind of like littlesnitch, but more expensive :(

PvtCarlin said...

This is an excellent tip. Thanks for sharing mate!

The Angry Lurker said...

That is a good tip, very nice.

wronyr said...

great, thanks for good explanation :)

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Very nice, that's a great lockdown method actually! It's not like Mac users play online games anyway.

Toto said...

thanks for sharing!

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YellowNiceTechno said...

looks similar to windows! Great!

Mo said...

thanks fort this one

Michael said...

Don't use IE and you'll be fine :P

Wilco said...

Im more into linux!

Daily01 said...

funny name, but I always thougt that Macs didnt need a firewall?

Lhosreiff said...

Looks pretty neat actually.

amBored said...

that's fantastic and very helpful thanks

Megan Hansen said...

cool! my macbook will love this

Thatoneguy said...

Thanks for the tips. Applying them now.

Daan said...

Cool, I'm going to get this for my hackintosh

Questions said...

I need a firewall as I keep getting malware on my PC.

clique said...

that's and useful!

RootYourDroid.net said...

I may be a big droid guy as far as phones go but mac does makea great desktop/laptop.

Moob said...

this seems very helpful.

cool_cicler said...

Where do you find so many useful apps? You have an eye for this. Cheers.

ZeroTime said...

Definitely looks useful

LiamAustin25 said...

Thanks of the advice. followed

Ingönyama said...

sounds useful

Big Unicorn said...

Good stuff.

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Tibble said...

Nice link, very uselful

Robert Fünf said...

Heh I like the name. As for whether macs need firewalls: It's true that there are less viruses for Macs. But the reason for that isn't because they're naturally safer. It's because no one (Or very few people, really.) care enough to write a virus for them.

Danny Murphy said...

Good stuff mate, looks like it will be useful

Shelby Fox said...

Not many programs make me want a Mac, but this one looks really useful. I hate it when programs access the internet without my permission.

SOMS said...

Thank for the explanation! Its all clear now.

Colin B said...

that looks convenientttttttt :O

Venus said...

cool... even thought Mac is quite secure, some extra protection is always good.

Electric Addict said...

good firewall is quite necessary

Apollo Clothing said...

Good app! Thanks for the tip!

FrenchNeo said...

I don't know on mac, but firewall on windows sucks.

Pappa Püllï said...

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- Pappa Püllï

Mike said...

Sounds handy, shame it's not free.

Prowler said...

I think I'm going to ad this into my list of necessary Apps for Mac, thanks!

SirJohnBear said...

Privacy is definitely something not to be taken lightly online. Make sure you protect yourselves!