Hands Off!
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Monitor and control application access to your network and disks.   Demo ($49.99)
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Hands Off! is an application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks. Being able to monitor the normally unnoticeable activities enables you to make informed decisions regarding the transfer of your private information, hence avoiding confidential information leakage.

When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent
What's New
Version 2.1.2:
  • Enabled up to OS X 10.9.2
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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tjekov37 reviewed on 23 Mar 2014
After install, app affecting mi iMac 13.1 with Mavericks 10.9.2. Slowing down and freezing time to time. After ununstall app, so going fast and ok ?!!!! Pleas Guys FIX that !!!!
[Version 2.1.2]


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tjekov37 reviewed on 09 Feb 2014
Guys. Mavericks 10.9.2 coming soon :-) "Hands OFF! 2.1.1" not supported 10.9.2 13C53 beta now. Its update time :-) I love this App :-)
[Version 2.1.1]


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Negritude commented on 23 Jan 2014
HandsOff! is available in the latest ProductiveMacs bundle, which began on January 21st (there is no indication of when it expires):

http://www.productivemacs.com
[Version 2.1.1]


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Mrtomato commented on 18 Dec 2013
Has there been an explanation from Metakine about the hand over to One Periodic? It appears the new company is continuing with the update numbers so I hope that means those of use with licenses aren't going to be shafted. I'm disappointed Metakine didn't send any kind of announcement out about their dissolution. I own quite a few of their apps. Some kind of email explaining all of this would have been nice...
[Version 2.1]


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Negritude reviewed on 14 Jul 2013
I can confirm that 2.0.8 does fix the mDNSresponder logging and crashing issues.

Hands Off! is back to being a 5-star app, easier to use and more feature-filled than Little Snitch or TCPBlock.
[Version 2.0.8]

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Jazzyguy replied on 17 Oct 2013
I had a problem with the mach_kernel being erased dute to the update of Little Snitch 3.3. What features that are additional ones in Hands Off that are present? I am seriously considering Hands Off and will abandon Little Snitch but I want your opinion as I favor your opinions.
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Negritude replied on 17 Oct 2013
One of the main features that Hands Off! has that Little Snitch doesn't, is the ability to control disk access, in addition to network access.

Here is a review that compares the two:

http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/utilities/little-snitch-vs-hands-off-which-monitoring-utility-is-better/
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Sasasushi commented on 11 Jul 2013
Please update as Version 2.0.8 has been released, purportedly to fix mDNSresponder issues. Since I wasn't having them I can't confirm if they've been resolved but others who were experiencing might post with their results.
[Version 2.0.7]


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Negritude reviewed on 27 Jun 2013
I've been using Hands Off! for over a month, loving it's features and ease of use, but unfortunately, I had to give up on it, because it has severe bugs that affect internet reliability and performance:

(1) The system log is absolutely flooded with messages regarding mDNSresponder. Most of those messages have to do with locking problems, but others are actually crashes of mDNSresponder. A recommendation that uninstalling and then re-installing might help only provided a temporary fix, but the problems always reassert themselves after awhile.

(2) Those messages are more than just an indication of it being chatty, but rather, the method that Hands Off! uses to control network access -- via mDNSresponder -- has a negative effect on Internet reliability, causing many server not found and other connection error messages in various apps.

(3) It must be noted that the problems that Hands Off! causes are directly related to it's fundamental operation, and not the blocking rules for any particular app. Even when you disable all the rules, the problems with net access and log flooding remain. You have to actually uninstall the app for it to stop. I tested this numerous times.

(4) Testing of a demo of Little Snitch indicates that it uses a different method of blocking, which does not interfere with the operation of mDNSreponder.

(5) Previous use of the donationware app TCPblock also indicates that it's method of blocking is different from Hands Off!, because once again, there are no problems with how it interacts with mDNSresponder.

I want to emphasize that I think that in terms of features and ease of use, Hands Off! is the superior app. The problem is, it's not bug free or completely stable in how it interacts with OS X, and because of that, it can NOT be recommended.

I'm glad that I got it cheaply via a bundle, because as Mrtomato said, I would have felt ripped off if I had paid more than a few dollars for it.

Hopefully these problems will be fixed someday, sooner rather than later.
[Version 2.0.7]

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Sasasushi replied on 27 Jun 2013
I've been using Hands Off! since V1 and I am not seeing the mDNSresponder messages you mention. Perhaps it's software compatibility issue with something else you've got installed. Oh, and I should probably reply separately to Mrtomato below but I'm lazy. I'm using OS X 10.8.4. The update specifically providing support for 10.8.4 (2.0.7) was released on April 20th, over one month before the OS X update was officially released. My logs are not being filled with any Hands Off! generated messages.
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Negritude replied on 27 Jun 2013
The syslog is not going to say anything about Hands Off! directly, rather, it's mDNSresponder messages that flood the logs when Hands Off! is installed.
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Sasasushi replied on 27 Jun 2013
I should have worded my reply more carefully. Instead of saying "My logs are not being filled with any Hands Off! generated messages." I should have written "My logs are not being filled with any messages as a result of Hands Off!". I was aware of what you are reporting with your own system. I'm saying I am not seeing is that I have been using Hands Off! for a long time now and am not seeing any mDNSresponder messages period. I am not seeing a "flood" of any other messages either. The messages I am seeing are all attributed to other applications.
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Mrtomato replied on 28 Jun 2013
FWW mDNSresponder crashes are the cause of the crash logs I reference in my brief review. You are right, Negritude (awesome name, btw, I adore Césaire), the problem relates to the way Hands Off! operates. Similar applications do not cause problems with mDNSresponder.

I am somewhat nonplussed by lack of these crashes on Sasasushi's system. I tried HO on a fresh install of 10.8.4 and still saw mdnsresponder crashes. It's possible, I suppose, that Hands Off! conflicts with another application.
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Negritude replied on 29 Jun 2013
@Sasasushi

Yes, I believe you when you say the problem is not happening on your system. I found a thread on the Apple forums where an individual installed Hands Off! on two different machines, and one had the problem that Mrtomato and I described, and the other did not:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4538354

Now what could be different between those two computers is impossible to say.
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Sasasushi replied on 29 Jun 2013
Thanks Negritude and Mrtomato for your feedback. For the record, I never said that I had any doubt that you guys were experiencing this log-filling messages behavior. If there is any information I could possibly offer regarding my own system in an effort to help you track down exactly what's causing this I would be more than happy to do so.
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Mrtomato reviewed on 25 Jun 2013
I wanted to write a negative review of Hands Off! but I don't think that's entirely fair. Hands Off! works well often enough and offers the additional (to Little Snitch) capability of controlling an app's write access to your computer.

However, I am probably going to switch over to Little Snitch because Hands Off! just doesn't seem to be ready for the future, meaning that after an OS update customers will have to wait a certain period of time before the app is functional. Hands Off 2.0.7, the most recent release, still doesn't work properly with 10.8.4 (it works but it clogs up your crash logs). I'd wager it doesn't work at all with 10.8.5 or, looking a bit further ahead, 10.9. Little Snitch works with both already.

Luckily, I didn't pay full price for Hands Off! For $50, I would have felt extraordinarily cheated.
[Version 2.0.7]


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Negritude commented on 26 May 2013
Currently less than $6.00 via the Paddle "Pay What You Want" bundle:

http://promo.paddle.com/pay-what-you-want-mac-bundle/
[Version 2.0.7]

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Infinite-Loop replied on 28 Jun 2013
I missed the promo. I do not see how to purchase a bundle with HandsOff. I will pay $25 bucks for this app, but not $50. Any way to still get it on sale?
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Bacchus72 reviewed on 30 Mar 2013
I gave this what I consider a low rating because I alway get alerts from some of the same sources I have okayed literally thousands of times. Particularly Ksfetch and other google attempts to check my chrome browser or other google products.

I read somewhere that I could just delete a file associated with google so that there would be no automatic update checks, but this is one of the reasons that I purchased this type of app: I want only what I want to have complete access to my comp, and to bar everything else. However, I am caught in a constant okaying the same allow access mode.

If the developers could solve this issue, I would be super happy. I want to train my computer once, and then not have to worry about it any more. Do this and I will return with a 5 star rating!
[Version 2.0.6]


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cmiranda had trouble on 29 Jun 2011
Hi!
I delete HandsOff app just dragging it to trash. But, everytime I boot my Mac 2 messages by HandsOff appears telling me that I'm not with the right version and so on.

How can I get rid of this messages? Didn't I delete the app properly? Please, help!

Thansks
[Version 1.3.1]

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Makira replied on 01 Jul 2011
Deleting the app is not the correct uninstallation procedure.
Redownload the app, do not click install, and choose uninstall from the menu.
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Gweed had trouble on 20 May 2011
After struggling for days going back and forth to support, Etienne< to get 1.2.2 to install I was finally successful installing in my Admin account. Now there is a new version 1.2.3 and I, once again am struggling to install the new version.
I have had zero use of this program since I purchased it as part of the MacUpdate Spring Bundle. What a waste of time and money.

Just write an install that works! And quit telling me to repair permissions (doesn't work) and find a file named /etc/sudoers. I can't find it!!!!!
[Version 1.2.3]


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retnuoc had trouble on 13 Apr 2011
I cannot enable my file sharing since the clean install of 1.2.1 on os x 10.6.6.

As soon as I enable File Sharing in the Sharing Preferences, the machine freezes completely and has to be hard rebooted.

Unfortunately had to remove it. However, I like this app and would like to run it, especially as I paid for it. Is there anyone with a solution to this problem?
[Version 1.2.2]


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Gweed had trouble on 09 Apr 2011
I would love to write a review if I could get the installation to complete on my second computer. The installation on my first computer went fine. I download and move the program to the applications folder and then, when I first start the program, it installs and then tells me the installation failed and to check to see if I have the latest version. I do.

I have uninstalled and deleted and tried to install several times with the same result.

I have sent the install log to the developer but haven't heard back yet. I have a new Mac Book Air 13" and there was a small update to 10.6.7 that may be the problem. I purchased this as part of the MacUpdate Spring Bundle. All other programs installed flawlessly.

I am very frustrated.
[Version 1.2.2]


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Jacek_Noga had trouble on 23 Mar 2011
Has anyone tried to use IP address range - it doesn't work for me, it just ends up with 0.0.0.0 address.

Same for specifying port, protocol and IP address, only protocol and IP address remain, port is set to Any.

Strange...
[Version 1.2.1]

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Jc replied on 28 Mar 2011
I have same problem here. Couldn't assign specific port. =(

@OS X 10.6.7
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Jacek_Noga replied on 29 Mar 2011
Etienne said that until fixed we should specify ports in a range manner, ie. 80-80.

It looks dumb but works :)
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Metakine (developer) replied on 06 Apr 2011
Fixed in Hands Off! 1.2.2. Sorry for the trouble.
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Momijigari had trouble on 09 Mar 2011
Since updating to 1.2, the HandsOffAgent is using a lot of CPU.
The Apple Activity Monitor shows it using between 50-70% of the CPU. I turned off the new "show network activity in menu bar" feature, but it didn't help.
[Version 1.2]

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Mousee replied on 09 Mar 2011
Strange. here it only uses less than 1% most of the time. But I had to uninstall 1.1.2 because trying to update to 1.2 always caused a kernel panic. Updated fine after uninstalling.
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Metakine (developer) replied on 09 Mar 2011
We would like to help you. Please contact us via metakine.com/support.
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Momijigari replied on 10 Mar 2011
Quitting/restarting it through Apple Activity Monitor lowered the CPU use to about 3-10%. Still more than previous versions though.
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Maher had trouble on 09 Mar 2011
I just installed the latest 1.2 version. I had to remove it. I could not activate my file sharing since this upgrade, as soon as I click on File Sharing in the Sharing Preferences Pan all my computer freezes, I can just move the cursor. I'm going back to previous version 'cause I like this software
[Version 1.2]

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retnuoc replied on 23 Mar 2011
I am experiencing the same issue with a clean install of version 1.2.1 on os x 10.6.6. Anyone with a solution to this?
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Kfiller had trouble on 11 Nov 2010
Updated to OSX 10.6.5 today, rebooted, and Hands Off! v1.0.4 is now throwing after every restart:

"There is a problem with your Hands Off! installation. Please reinstall or contact support. (err: 0 4 0)

Anyone else with the same experience?
[Version 1.0.4]

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Dixieblu replied on 11 Nov 2010
Same here.
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Abrasif (developer) replied on 11 Nov 2010
Hands Off! 1.0.4 works fine under 10.6.5. The problem is with the Mac OS X update procedure. To resolve the problem you need to un-install and re-install Hands Off! (your rules will be preserved). Go in the Preferences window and under the Advanced tab, click on the Uninstall button and then re-install Hands Off!.

Sorry for the inconvenience and this will be resolved soon as possible.
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Victorlgarcia had trouble on 07 Oct 2010
Nice interface, liked more than little S.
but... It crashed my iMac, i wasn't able to start anymore.( it got stuck loading forever the desktop) I did everything to restore it, but i ended up installing mac os again. I bought Hands off, but now i am afraid to use it.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Makira (developer) replied on 07 Oct 2010
Did you update to v1.0.1 ?
It fixes this problem. If you have problem booting, boot in safe mode (hold shift), uninstall HandsOff (see the advanced pane in the prefs), reboot normally, and install the new version.
You most probably have CS5 installed. Your system should run fine afterward.
If there is anything, don't hesitate to contact us !
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Victorlgarcia replied on 07 Oct 2010
Yes... I had Cs5 and i started in the safe mode at the time, and removed hands off. But i still unable to login at the time. I already reinstalled mac os. i'll update hands off. lets see what happens

marlonjmartins rated on 23 Jan 2014

[Version 2.1.1]



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Lightning rated on 15 Jan 2014

[Version 2.1.1]



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Abrasif rated on 06 Dec 2013

[Version 2.1]



Lucius rated on 09 Nov 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Roes rated on 04 Nov 2013

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ErvinsS rated on 29 Oct 2013

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[Version 2.0.8]



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[Version 2.0.8]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.8]


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Hands Off! is an application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks. Being able to monitor the normally unnoticeable activities enables you to make informed decisions regarding the transfer of your private information, hence avoiding confidential information leakage.

When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data or phoning home without your consent.

Applications present on your computer can freely read, store or erase information on your computer without your knowledge. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control disk access from all applications as to prevent them from obtaining confidential information, erasing your data or storing cookies.

The best way to find out if Hands Off! suits your needs is to download the latest version and try the demonstration mode.


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