View Full Version : Firewall software?

08-04-2009, 05:10 PM
Newbie here. Still have and use my Windows rig. Been doing a lot of reading and studying on my new iMac. Looking into a firewall for it, came across NetBarrier X5. Looks good, but thought I would ask so,e people who know more than I do about this. Thanks, very much.

08-04-2009, 05:21 PM
OS X has a firewall. Go to System Preferences > Security > Firewall. Unless you need fine grained control, I would guess that it should be fine for you.

From what I know, the OS X firewall pref pane is a front end to ipfw, a firewall inherited from FreeBSD (I could be wrong though). If you want more fine grained control, you can look for a GUI front end to ipfw (unless you want to configure it by hand which I would advise against if you're new to *nix).

EDIT: I found one called WaterRoof (http://www.hanynet.com/waterroof/) - I haven't tried it so I can't comment on it but it could be worth looking into.

08-04-2009, 08:05 PM
Or, you could download the free "NoobProof 1.4" from here (http://www.hanynet.com/noobproof/). It allows you to fine tune your firewall and lots more. And it's "noobproof" (that's why I use it) :)


08-04-2009, 08:54 PM
Just use the built-in OS X Firewall; it's all you really need.

08-04-2009, 10:03 PM
Little Snitch if you want to control what is going out.