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NoobProof is a basic IPFW firewall configuration tool for Mac OS X 10.5-10.6-10.7. NoobProof main features:
  • uses Mac OS X built-in IPFW firewall.
  • No kernel modules, no extensions, no pain.
  • decide who can connect to your mac's open services: allow or deny a single host, multiple hosts or subnets for every configured service
  • deny unwanted connections to shared files, music, photos, printers
  • easily add new custom services and rules
  • limit inbound bandwidth for selected services or for all Internet traffic
  • deny real-time network applications like on-line gaming or more...

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • Fixed logs window bug in Mac OS X 10.6-10.7
  • Changed licensing model to NLPL license (www.nolicense.org)


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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dumbledore Member IconReview+0

Under Mac OS X 10.6.x, NoobProof 1.4 works ok except the 'Firewall Log' button in the left side of the program's main window; clicking on it results in an error message saying that file was either empty or not found.

I emailed the author with my finding and hack solution back in May last year (2010), but I see that no new version has been released since then. Since this program is free and open source, let me share what I did to fix the little problem:
(1) download the source code and unzip everything,
(2) locate the file 'noobproof.applescript' inside the folder 'NoobProof_build_214', and open it (preferably with AppleScript Editor but a text editor will do),
(3) modify line #1349 from 'else if osxversion is equal to "10.5" then' to 'else if osxversion is greater than or equal to "10.5" then',
(4) Recompile (by opening the file 'NoobProof.xcodeproj' inside the folder 'NoobProof_build_214' with Xcode and selecting the menu command 'Build')

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Version 1.4
Hanynet.com (developer)

Thank you. Bug has been fixed in version 1.5.

iGreg Member IconReview+84

I did not find NoobProof easy to use at all. I found NetBarrier easier. Also, DoorStop X is easier to use as well.

I found the options available convoluted with differing instructions depending on whether the firewall was on or not etc.

When I uninstalled it I followed the instructions in the order given and hope that in fact it is gone.

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Version 1.4pb1

Netbarrier maybe easier but its a bucket of horse dung. I used to run Netbarrier all the time, but the last two releases have actually caused my Mac to Kernel Panic.

In both version 4 and 5 Intego never never fixed the problem. I would imagine 6.0 will have the same bug.

Firewalls under no circumstances should cause kernel panics ever!!

Doorstop X is the best in my opinion, simple to use and implement and does what it says on the Tin!

Laine Member IconComment+41

I've successfully used the default settings for previous versions of NoobProof, but when I use default settings for this version (1.3), my DHCP network connections attempt to use a self-assigned IP address. This represents a serious issue for support in my situation, because if default settings can be expected to cause a problem this serious, there remains no simple method for using NoobProof that I can recommend to casual users, I think.

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Version 1.3
Laine (developer)

The service entitled "System internal services (UDP)" in main NoopProof 1.3 window appears to be the one that must be enabled in order for DHCP to be successful on my system.

Hanynet.com (developer)

I've tested both 1.2 and 1.3 version and found that they do have the same problem with dhcp. I've never realized it before, thank you for submitting this bug. I agree with you, the default configuration must be friendly enough to allow a dhpc lease... :-)
I'll release a new version asap, with new features and some bug fixes. I'll set "System internal services" default rule to 'allow'.
If you look deeply into noobproof, you'll find many other bugs, that's for sure! You know, I'm alone in developing and testing this software, and it's really difficult to test everything. For this reason your help is really appreciated. Thank you.

Gaoshan Member IconComment+79

Hi Hany, thanks for your work on this and WaterRoof. I'm sure many people around the world have benefited from your work.

Can you do a brief comparison of WaterRoof and NoobProof? Is it simply that the latter is a simplified version of the former?

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Version 1.0
Hanynet.com (developer)

Thank you for trying NoobProof. You can find a comparison between NoobProof and WaterRoof at my website http://www.hanynet.com/comparison.html


Section8 Member IconComment+78

LMAO nice icon! :D

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Version 1.0
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Date 07 May 2012
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