Objective Development has released an update for Little Snitch, bringing it to version 1.0.3. Little Snitch is a utility designed for the alerting of behind the scenes server connections. The update features temporary rule support and Panther compatibility. According to Objective Development:
Today Objective Development announced the availability of Little Snitch 1.1 for Mac OS X, a must-have security application that monitors outgoing network connections.
If you do not like the idea of information possibly being gathered from your computer and being sent to who-knows-where for who-knows-what, Little Snitch helps.
When opening applications some of them want to connect back to their authorsi server, for instance to check for new versions. Some of them donit even tell you or ask for permission and you cannot control which information they send back. This is where Little Snitch jumps in: It pauses the application and brings up an alert, telling you which application tries to connect to which server. The remote server will only be contacted if you explicitly allow it. For routine decisions, Little Snitch can be configured. By creating rules you can always block or allow particular connections.
Whatis new since version 1.0.3?
- Temporary rules: These rules are automatically deleted when the related application quits. Creation of temporary rules is useful for testing whether the newly created rule corresponds to your needs before making them permanent
- This version is compatible with OS X 10.3 (Panther) including Fast User Switching
- Now Little Snitch provides improved reliability on attacks against Little Snitch itself. Little Snitch now reactivates itself if a different kernel module kicks it out of the kernel
- Better support for full screen applications which hide Little Snitchis alert: If the alert is not handled within a configurable timeout, it confirms automatically
- Lots of minor improvements and bug fixes
You can find more information about the Little Snitch update at the Objective Development Web site. The update is free for registered users, while the full version is available for US$24.95.