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With Mac App Blocker, you can password-protect every application on your Mac. Keep your apps and your Mac safe. Set a timeout value to automatically exit the protected application, so even when you leave your computer unattended, you're still protected.

Keep it Secure. Kids, co-workers, family members, guests - no worries. You pick which apps will be protected and Mac App Blocker keeps them secure. Tracks failed attempts to access the protected apps - so you'll know when it happened with date, time, and optional photo capture.

Protect Your Privacy. Mail, Safari, more...

What's New

Version 2.6.2:
  • Photo Capture Fix - Performance Improvements

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Cartelclover1983 Member IconReview+2
Cartelclover1983
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After testing MacAppBlocker out for over a week and reviewing it on my youtube channel under AppLookReviews I've determined, its a solid offering that provides an extra layer of protection for your apps, similar to that of an encryption app provides for your files and/or folders. After testing the app for best practices I'd block activity monitor, terminal and system preferences as the app recommends, along with stealth mode. I'd also block any application that one would use to delete/remove apps from the system, just in case someone tried to use one of those apps to remove MacAppBlocker, even though in my tests trying to delete MacAppBlocker required the Admin password on my system. Overall its a solid security measure for people who practicing good habits in the first place. For more check out my review on youtube by copying and pasting the url below.
MacAppBlocker Youtube Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmet_pOcaZ8

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Version 2.6.2
Ollie1972 Member IconReview+37
Ollie1972
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Its easy: remove this app with Appdelete, Appcleaner, Itrash, .. and the protection is gone. No admin access needed. I tried this on two systems and the workaround works every time.

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Version 2.6
KnewSense, LLC (Developer)
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As I explained previously, if an application is running in OSX, you CANNOT remove, delete, or modify it in any way. OSX will not allow this (please see the response below to StevensPeter).

Also, I'm not sure which version of Mac App Blocker you did your testing with, but the last few versions (since 10.5.3) have employed a package installer that sets the disk permission to only allow the admin to delete or modify.

However, we do offer a 15 day trial period to test Mac App Blocker to ensure it meets the individual's needs. I encourage anyone to download and install Mac App Blocker (provide an admin password to install) and test Ollie1972's assessment that it can be easily removed without the admin password.

MaxWilders
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@KnewSense LLC
that makes your app unnecessary. If you cannot use it safely with Admin right, you can better make a guest or user profile
with restrictions. Thats the whole point of your app, protect application from running in Admin mode.

and for what its worth: yes, you cannot remove the app with dragging it to the trash, however removing it with any uninstaller
(iTrash worked for me) is indeed possible while it is running. No admin password was asked in my successful attempt.

There seems to be another similar app named ILock and that refuses to be removed even with an uninstaller, making that simple alternative app safer to use. That said, ILock is still in beta which isn't a good idea to use in production.

KnewSense, LLC (Developer)
+1

I am perplexed by this scenario. I have tested this on multiple systems using a variety of settings and have not experienced this behavior when uninstalling the app. It ALWAYS asks for the admin password.
The only thing I could do to come close to duplicating what is described here is to set my admin password to nothing (not recommended). I was still prompted to enter my password, but could just hit OK in response.

Scotty_Beam_Me_Up_Again
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Confirming this. Uninstall this with Appdelete without asking for any password, reboot your system and gone is the protection.

For first line protection - read: Users that do not know the insides of OS X, it can be useful. A more experienced users bypasses this with ease.

The asking fee is too high for such low protection. A price of about $10 would be more advisable.

KnewSense, LLC (Developer)
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Once again, I'm not sure how this is being accomplished. In all the testing with different configurations and options, I have not been able to reproduce this behavior.
I am very interested to hear from anyone who is able to remove the app as described here. Contact me at support@knewsense.com

Cvc1968cvc1968 Member IconComment+0
Cvc1968cvc1968
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I am unable to download this app either from MacUpdate or from the Developers site. Clicking the download button results in a browser page full of random code. Additionally, I have made two attempts to contact the developer using the "Contact Us" form on the site. Both attempts resulted in PHP errors with no clear indication whether the message went through. I hope that the developer reads this and fixes the problems on their site. I would really like to try this software. Thank you.

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Version 2.5.5
Cvc1968cvc1968
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I guess my messages on the web site did get through. The developer has already replied (less than an hour response time) and fixed the download problem. Thanks.

ztb9408 Member IconReview-1
ztb9408
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I feel more secure when have it. Cool. My mac can not live WITHOUT IT NOW

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Version 2.5.3
Detlevski
+2

Very convincing this first post ..

StevensPeter Member IconReview+12
StevensPeter
+2

Well, the protection is so easy to bypass:
This is what you have to to do (no admin right required)

- Install any uninstall app like iTrash, Appdelete, ..
- Drag MacAppblocker into the uninstall app.
- Remove all found the files including the Macappblocker.app
- Reboot and hey presto ... no Macappblocker anymore. :-)

All files including the Macappblocker app file will be removed. Even if Maccappblocker is running.

So this renders this app useless.

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Version 2.5.2
KnewSense, LLC (Developer)
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Even though your comments are partially correct, they are not entirely accurate.

You DO need to have admin rights to modify the Applications folder. This includes installing as well as removing apps.
However, a standard user could install an uninstaller app in their home folder. BUT, they would still need to provide an admin password to modify the Applications folder - in this case, removing an app. So, they would not be able to remove Mac App Blocker (or any other app).

Regardless of the security measures or applications used, if a user has your admin password, they have authority to do ANYTHING on your computer.

StevensPeter
+1

Wrong. You can delete the app without knowing admin password.
Just tried it again to be certain: Appdelete and iTrash removes the app without asking the admin password.

KnewSense, LLC (Developer)
+1

I also tried it logged in as a standard user and could not modify the Applications folder without providing an admin password.
If you were not asked to provide an admin password, you were probably logged in as an admin.

Bdikkat Member IconComment+205
Bdikkat
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From the website: "For more info, see the Help/FAQ page" - which is a link to a parked website. Doesn't inspire confidence. Can't someone get around this 'security' just by deleting the app?

http://www.knewsense.com/macappblocker/info.html

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Version 2.5.2
KnewSense, LLC (Developer)
+1

As with most apps on OS X, Mac App Blocker can only be deleted if it is NOT running. And, if it's not running, it wouldn't block access to other apps, so there would be no need to delete it.

The web address cited in the original post has been unused for some time now. I'm not sure where this link came from. The Help/FAQ page is located here: http://knewsense.com/macappblocker/info.php
It is easily accessible from the homepage and always has been.

If you have any other concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us directly at support@knewsense.com

Leopard-10.5.8 Member IconReview+0
Leopard-10.5.8
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Good App..
But where can i find 10.5.8 version?

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Version 2.5
Sjha Member IconReview+123
Sjha
+1

Excellent utility. I had a small problem with updating from an earlier version. I emailed the developer who replied immediately and helpfully and produced a fix within a couple of days. Highly recommended!

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Version 2.2.1
Sjha Member IconComment+123
Sjha
+0

Version 2.2 is problematical for me. The icon does not appear in the Menu Bar so I cannot access the settings.

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Version 2.2
Sjha
+0

I have found the fix for this. On relaunching after updating, MacAppBlocker was in Stealth Mode - hence no Menu Bar icon. So all is well. Great programme, highly recommended!

rcayca Member IconReview+1
rcayca
+1

The recent update to this app is perfect. I made an account on Mac Update just so I can write this review. Although earlier versions of this app did have problems, the developers definitely addressed them and this App is just amazing and couldn't give a bigger recommendation. There are just some apps on your Mac that you never want anyone going through and this app just does that by preventing anything from accessing apps they shouldn't be. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this app together. It's greatly appreciated.

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Version 2.1
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Version 2.2.1
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Hillmann
Version 1.5
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Version 1.4.1
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marcusmade
Version 1.4.1
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Allan "mac" Stokes
Version 1.4.1
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Thomas1977
Version 1.4.1
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Version 1.3
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Version 1.3
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Downloads 10,212
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License Demo
Date 04 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $14.95
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