Mac App Blocker
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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.

What's New
Version 2.6.2:
  • Photo Capture Fix - Performance Improvements
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Mac App Blocker User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Ollie1972 reviewed on 09 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 2.6]

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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 09 Feb 2014
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.
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MaxWilders replied on 10 Feb 2014
@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.
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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 10 Feb 2014
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.
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Scotty_Beam_Me_Up_Again replied on 05 Apr 2014
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.
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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 07 Apr 2014
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
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ztb9408 reviewed on 27 Oct 2013
I feel more secure when have it. Cool. My mac can not live WITHOUT IT NOW
[Version 2.5.3]

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Detlevski replied on 23 Jan 2014
Very convincing this first post ..
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StevensPeter reviewed on 04 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 2.5.2]

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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 05 Sep 2013
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.
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StevensPeter replied on 12 Sep 2013
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.
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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 12 Sep 2013
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.
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Bdikkat commented on 15 Aug 2013
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
[Version 2.5.2]

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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 16 Aug 2013
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
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Leopard-10.5.8 reviewed on 11 Aug 2013
Good App..
But where can i find 10.5.8 version?
[Version 2.5]


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Sjha reviewed on 27 Mar 2013
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!
[Version 2.2.1]


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rcayca reviewed on 26 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 2.1]


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Jreffner reviewed on 10 Dec 2012
There are some situations where a person must have access to an administrative account, but you want to keep them out of personal stuff. For example, my wife runs a doctor's office. Her employee must have access to a particular app. That app required an administrative account. Giving someone an administrative account can allow them to access your data. This app works great. We used to use Espionage, but they removed the ability to password protect an app in version 3. So, since it is now useless for us, we were very happy to find Mac App Blocker.

I'd love to see this for iOS.
[Version 2.0]

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JoshRamir3z replied on 08 Jan 2013
you can still block apps with espionage 3 by adding the path folder, which is the way espionage 2 did it but in a lot more user friendly way
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Taoeffect replied on 14 Aug 2013
Jreffner, Espionage 2 could do this, but unlike Mac App Blocker, it could also encrypt the application's data. Espionage 2 is also still being sold for $9.99 because version 3 is now the focus of our development efforts.

As JoshRamir3z notes, version 3 can be used to protect applications too, but it does not present a password prompt the way Espionage 2 and Mac App Blocker did. Here is a video that shows how to encrypt your email with version 3:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_R3COJEjj8

Note that with version 3 it is also possible to have two-different application states: an encrypted version, and a non-encrypted version.

Version 2 is still available here: http://taoeffect.com/espionage/

Thank you for supporting our work in the past!

Sincerely,
Greg Slepak
Tao Effect LLC
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Pete_bbf68101 reviewed on 25 Apr 2012
Great... But it is really only focused at the casual passer by, who it would block, anyone with the most basic of command line skills could overcome this app by killing the PID (Process ID) which takes about 5 seconds, the app is forced to quit and the casual user could open anything that was blocked by the app.

if you also block the Terminal application it would make it less lightly that someone would gain access, but still fairly easy to bypass (as per other reviews) So if you plan on making it more than just a deterrent, and you don't know about Terminal, make sure you block that as well - this will give slightly better odds at someone getting access to your apps.

Overall a useful app for deterring the casual passer-by but that is about it.
[Version 1.4.1]

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KnewSense, LLC (developer) replied on 25 Apr 2012
By adding Termnal and Activity Monitor to the blocked apps list, that would just about cover the majority of these types of schemes.
Anything more than that and I think we get way beyond the casual user.
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Fhf reviewed on 19 Feb 2012
A friend who is switching from Yahoo mail to Apple's Mail app asked me if there was anyway to password-protect Mail so that roommates, who have access to his Mac, can't easily peruse his mail. After poking around the web I stumbled upon MacAppBlocker, and installed it on my MacBook Pro to test it. I've only used it a short time, but it does exactly what the developer says: keeps anyone who doesn't know your password from opening protected apps.

The app is very easy to configure and use, and you're alerted if someone does try to access one of your protected apps: MacAppBlocker's menu icon turns red. Oops, busted.

MacAppBlocker is not a high-security app; a computer-savvy intruder can access documents other ways than thru the app which created them. But in a casual setting (family computer use, roommates, etc) it might be a fine solution.

And no, I have nothing to do with the developer; I'm just fairly enthusiastic about the app, which seems to be well done.
[Version 1.3]

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Ean replied on 13 Mar 2012
Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to simply set up multiple user accounts? (Apple -> System Preferences... -> Users & Groups)
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pistarino replied on 25 Apr 2012
If you want your data protected (i.e. encrypted) you should try Espionage. It does not prevent to launch an application but it leaves the associated data encrypted and not accessible if you do not answer correctly at password prompt.
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Gazman replied on 08 Jul 2012
@Fhf, your friend would be much better off just setting up the built-on Guest account and letting his roommates use that.
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RavenNevermore replied on 08 Jul 2012
I agree with the suggestions that your friend needs to set up a guest account for his friends, or if he doesn't want them on there in the first place, set up the accounts so you need to log in when you boot up and make sure he shuts his Mac down, or at least logs out when he's away.
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Cvc1968cvc1968 had trouble on 14 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 2.5.5]

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Cvc1968cvc1968 replied on 14 Jan 2014
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.
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Sjha had trouble on 22 Mar 2013
Version 2.2 is problematical for me. The icon does not appear in the Menu Bar so I cannot access the settings.
[Version 2.2]

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Sjha replied on 22 Mar 2013
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!

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StevensPeter rated on 12 Sep 2013

[Version 2.5.2]



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Peter_Van_Den_Einde rated on 23 Mar 2013

[Version 2.2.1]



Hillmann rated on 30 Jul 2012

[Version 1.5]



Pebaro rated on 26 Jul 2012

[Version 1.5]



fredthearle rated on 04 Jul 2012

[Version 1.4.1]



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Yubben rated on 28 May 2012

[Version 1.4.1]



marcusmade rated on 25 Apr 2012

[Version 1.4.1]



Allan "mac" Stokes rated on 25 Apr 2012

[Version 1.4.1]



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Thomas1977 rated on 14 Apr 2012

[Version 1.4.1]



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John_Brown rated on 12 Mar 2012

[Version 1.3]


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Version Downloads:172
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Demo
Date:04 Apr 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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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, Firefox, your favorite journaling application, iPhoto and any other application you use - will be protected. And with the automatic exit feature, you don't have to worry about leaving the applications running when you are away from your Mac.

Automated Features. Set a timeout value and your inactive application will exit automatically after the selected time period has elapsed. New in Version 2.0 - add a schedule to unblock apps on specific days amd times. Very useful for parents who like to limit computer time.

Protect Your Mac. Add System Preferences to the Mac App Blocker list and feel confident that your settings are protected from accidental (or intentional) misuse. Add Terminal and Activity Monitor to the Blocked Apps list to lock down your Mac even more.

Relax - It's Safe. Mac App Blocker does NOT modify any system or application files on your Mac. It works with the apps and settings that you currently use. You select which apps get blocked and if you decide to remove Mac App Blocker, simply move the app to the trash.

More Automated Features. New in Version 2.0 - Network aware unblocking. Add a WiFi network and whenever you're connected to that network, automatically unblock the app or ALL apps with the new Global settings. Global settings also works for the new Scheduling option.


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