FileDefense
FileDefense
1.5

2.5

FileDefense free download for Mac

FileDefense

1.5
13 May 2008

Lock down files, stop unwanted access to your computer and more.

Overview

FileDefense is a utility that provides an easy-to-use interface to lock down files and ensure any unwanted access on your computer is not permitted. It stops viruses, worms, trojan horses, malicious scripts and network services from accessing personal information, passwords or any other data without your permission. When a program unknown to FileDefense is accessing files, FileDefense automatically alerts you to accept or deny the activity.

The main functionality of FileDefense comes from changing the way your OS operates by adding a layer of security at the layer that we feel is the most important - the file access layer. The way we see it, the amount of damage any application can do to you is based on whether it can access your personal files. The more you can limit this, the less damage even the most malicious program can do. We feel strongly about data protection. And our strategy for protecting your data is not to attempt to protect networks or your fellow Mac users, but to focus on protecting your personal files, and doing that well.

What's new in FileDefense

Version 1.5: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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2 FileDefense Reviews

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Nontroppo
29 December 2007

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Conceptually, I like the concept behind Filedefense. I like to have control over what new applications do and don't do on my machine. But the implementation of this program is horrible. First, I encountered a number of glaring bugs: 1) "Allow All" often asks me more than once for the same app. 2) On restarts, applications I've already whitelisted keep reasking for validation.3) The ON/OFF button fails to keep state on restart. Then the UI is so inflexible. I may wat to allow read access but not write access, or limit access to Application Support/* - but I cannot do this. I can only allow/deny on a per file basis any file operation. That causes a requestor hell that makes Vista look good. The program UI has a horrid application list that is not editable, and an always visible help file for no reason. The application list is the real problem, no filter, no sorting, no fast editing. I want to like this application but it is so badly implemented it makes it far more tedious to use than it needs be. I hope the developers seriously expand its flexibility and usability and prompt me to write a more positive review. Additionally, I'd like to see it more like a Sandbox, with the ability, like the windows nagware SandboxIE to allow new apps only to work on copies of files. That would make OS X solid against future trojan attack.
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Version 1.0
Wallenberg12
23 July 2009
Hi, I've been using Fildefense now for almost a year in version 1.5. The concept is convincing and definitely a missing link to more security for Mac OSX, at least for anybody who wants to get control about new apps harassing his/ her mac. Unfortunately the implementation is poor. Referring to the last reviewer: the GUI is very inflexible and more important, it creates issues with new software trying to access deeper parts of the system. I had severe issues to run SOFTRAID (couldn't get the software to operate until I uninstalled Filedefense) and with my backup software BRU PE (caused permanent checksum errors while backing up/ restoring). Most important: I tried to contact the support several times - nobody answered. Thats a bad sign. So I uninstalled and abandoned the software for now, we'll see if the dev get along with new features or anybody else picks up the idea of a proper file-monitoring software. Hope that helps.
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Version 1.5
Nontroppo
29 December 2007
Conceptually, I like the concept behind Filedefense. I like to have control over what new applications do and don't do on my machine. But the implementation of this program is horrible. First, I encountered a number of glaring bugs: 1) "Allow All" often asks me more than once for the same app. 2) On restarts, applications I've already whitelisted keep reasking for validation.3) The ON/OFF button fails to keep state on restart. Then the UI is so inflexible. I may wat to allow read access but not write access, or limit access to Application Support/* - but I cannot do this. I can only allow/deny on a per file basis any file operation. That causes a requestor hell that makes Vista look good. The program UI has a horrid application list that is not editable, and an always visible help file for no reason. The application list is the real problem, no filter, no sorting, no fast editing. I want to like this application but it is so badly implemented it makes it far more tedious to use than it needs be. I hope the developers seriously expand its flexibility and usability and prompt me to write a more positive review. Additionally, I'd like to see it more like a Sandbox, with the ability, like the windows nagware SandboxIE to allow new apps only to work on copies of files. That would make OS X solid against future trojan attack.
Like
Version 1.0