Vallum
Vallum
3.3.2

4.9

Vallum free download for Mac

Vallum

3.3.2
16 November 2019

Control app connections to outside sources.

Overview

Vallum is a little tool that helps you monitor and block apps connections and throttle apps bandwidth. It is able to intercept connections at the application layer, and hold them while you decide whether to pass or block them. Vallum's interface is very simple and is icon-based. Its default configuration is not intrusive, and it does not require any interaction or specific networking knowledge or skills. Just drag an app's icon from the Finder into the main Vallum window to block it. To change Vallum's attitude and interaction level, you just have to play with the very few options available. Intercept apps that leak data on the network, drag apps' icons to create firewall rules, run the firewall with one mouse click: Vallum is friendly, it stays in a corner of your Mac's menu bar on top of the screen, it does not pollute your Dock and your desktop, it features a simple interface that everybody can use, and it's powerful because it lets you create complex setups with jails, mixed rules, notification pop-up alerts, and temporary rules, at both application- and network-level interacting with Murus and the macOS built-in PF packet filter.

Features
  • Increase your privacy, intercept apps that leak data on the network, monitor apps integrity
  • Drag and drop apps icons to create firewall rules, run the firewall with one mouse click
  • Be notified of hidden network activities, discover what happens behind the scene, throttle bandwidth
  • Simple interface, no need for special networking knowledge, everybody can use it
  • Choose between different levels of interactions or run a completely silent firewall
  • Work at both application- and network-level to gain full control of your Mac
  • It's friendly: it stays in a corner of your Mac's menu bar on top of the screen, it does not pollute your dock and your desktop. One click to install, one click to uninstall
  • It's powerful: create complex setups with jails, mixed rules, temporary rules, at both application- and network-level
  • It respects your privacy, it does not phone home or leak any kind of data on the network
  • Buy once for life, all updates and upgrades will be free

Support forum is available here.

What's new in Vallum

Version 3.3.2:
  • Improved compatibility with Murus 2 beta
  • Minor bug fixes

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6 Vallum Reviews

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Ervins Strauhmanis
30 June 2017

Most helpful

I've purchased the Developer's Murus Pro firewall way back in 2015, and as that time Vallum did not exist yet, yesterday I asked the Dev if I may get a free license for Vallum, because Vallum is now a part of the Murus Pro bundle. And almost immediately I got my key! As always, the Dev is super responsive and kind! It's a pleasure to do business and use a product that is offered by a company like this. *cough* unlike with the now extinct "Little Flocker" venture *cough* Now on to the app itself. Vallum is suitable for both a normal and a master level users, or anywhere in between, and the app asks you how you want to use it with a "Strategy" prompt. To compare it with the Little Snitch, which unlike its name is a rather big sleuth as far as its market share of Mac's firewalls goes, I find Vallum a more user-friendly product. Current stable Little Snitch 3, from the moment you install it and reboot your Mac, throws constant prompts at you - like what to do with this app, and what to do with that sub-process. And when everything is configured, only then it stops bugging me. As far as my personal needs for a firewall go, there are a handful of apps that I want either to be blocked outright or fine-grained for their net access, and the rest of apps can function as they please. In this regard Vallum is a breeze to use. Awesome!
Like (11)
Version 2.3.1
So, Vallum 3 is out with the new core and logic, AFW (Application Firewall for macOS) kernel-based socket filter. Due to the new architecture, the old Vallum 2 rules are not imported and this presented me with the opportunity to experience the upgraded rule-creation process. And, well, it has certainly been polished since the previous major release, and at the same time it has become both more intuitive and even more powerful and nuanced. I would imagine that the new multiuser, group management, logging capabilities are not that important to a typical user, from my perspective of the label "typical," but all these power-features make Vallum very interesting to corporate entities and advanced users.
My reference to the Little Snitch in the previous review of Vallum 2 is now obsolete, as the LS 4 is now quite user friendly, but I would still recommend Vallum over the established name and richer looking product that is Little Snitch. Vallum is cheaper ($15 vs $45 for single license), and it allows for more complex rule creation then LS (but Murus dev please take note how LS lists common ports — 21 FTP, 80 HTTP, etc., for easier rule creation for not so technical users). LS has a neat Network Monitor with a world map for visualizing network connections; Murus has a neat Simulator to test whether you rule does what you intended it to do, which is especially useful in creation of complex configurations, and for me, the Simulator is more important than the said Network Monitor.
Murus is advertised as buy once for life, and all updates and upgrades will be free. At the surface level that is a nice thing for buyers, but we do not live in a utopia and nor any efforts to establish one ever succeeded, so I hope that the dev is and will be making enough money to support and evolve the product, as he has done so far, which, arguably, even from a perspective of the user is more important than saving some bucks. Unless of course the dev is really an eccentric millionaire who made it his life’s mission to bring affordable quality virtual network walls to all Mac users. Then don't change a thing! :-) I’m not sure how this free lifetime upgrade thing is woven into the license agreement, haven’t looked, but I would buy a paid upgrade if at some point in future the upgrade model would change.
Anyhow, here's to Murus 4 *cheers*!
Like (9)
Version 3.0
1 answer(s)
sadeveloper
sadeveloper
27 May 2018
From you comments, you are really, really cheap. You haven't paid for the program in 3 years?! and you want a free license? It's only $15!! How are the devs supposed to stay in business? Their not your slaves!! And you obviously don't know how to to use a firewall / security protection software properly. Little Snitch does what is does because of how powerful it is.You can configure it to work as you need it to. And as for the notifications - that's a MAJOR feature to alert the user to how bad these software developers have become in stealing your data and spying on your internet usage.
Like (4)
basilmms
14 November 2017
Dears, Do any one know how to uninstall the Vallum... I'm just asking... The app is good and doing a great job. but I wondered how to uninstalling it while there is no app icon except in the upper bar near the wifi connection signal.
Like (1)
Version 2.3.2
1 answer(s)
The Murus Team
The Murus Team
09 February 2018
The uninstaller is included in Vallum DMG.
Like (4)
Jvhvr
12 November 2017
Amazing app.
Like (3)
Version 2.3.2
Ervins Strauhmanis
30 June 2017
I've purchased the Developer's Murus Pro firewall way back in 2015, and as that time Vallum did not exist yet, yesterday I asked the Dev if I may get a free license for Vallum, because Vallum is now a part of the Murus Pro bundle. And almost immediately I got my key! As always, the Dev is super responsive and kind! It's a pleasure to do business and use a product that is offered by a company like this. *cough* unlike with the now extinct "Little Flocker" venture *cough* Now on to the app itself. Vallum is suitable for both a normal and a master level users, or anywhere in between, and the app asks you how you want to use it with a "Strategy" prompt. To compare it with the Little Snitch, which unlike its name is a rather big sleuth as far as its market share of Mac's firewalls goes, I find Vallum a more user-friendly product. Current stable Little Snitch 3, from the moment you install it and reboot your Mac, throws constant prompts at you - like what to do with this app, and what to do with that sub-process. And when everything is configured, only then it stops bugging me. As far as my personal needs for a firewall go, there are a handful of apps that I want either to be blocked outright or fine-grained for their net access, and the rest of apps can function as they please. In this regard Vallum is a breeze to use. Awesome!
Like (11)
Version 2.3.1
2 answer(s)
BryanatMU
BryanatMU
17 May 2018
Thanks for the review. Now that version 3 is out I'd love to hear what you have to say about its improvements.
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George6
George6
25 June 2018
Well, i'd say you certainly can't know which apps or processes are maliciously sending data over the net. so to catch them you must block every request, and ask the user for permission. yes, that is a bit tiring but lets be honest, after 1-2 days the thing is set and you don't need to answer a lot of dialogs anymore. thats the price of security and little snitch really does a good job at this.
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Doms
12 December 2016
One of my previous comment was not very fair. I've lost all my configurations after an update and I was in a bad mood. So this is an attempt to correct this bad review. Before I had this problem, Vallum was running fine and developer were very quick to answer my questions. But I confirm the following remark: this is very uncommon for a mac user to lost all settings after an update.
Like (2)
Version 2.1
Doms
24 October 2016
After the update yesterday I lost my previous settings and Vallum crashed all the time.
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Version 1.3.1
2 answer(s)
The Murus Team
The Murus Team
12 December 2016
You should always backup your firewall configuration before updating it. About crashes: run Onyx to clean your macOS and get the latest Vallum version.
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Doms
Doms
12 December 2016
Ok, one star is unfair. Sorry.
But losing all configuration after an update is very frustrating.
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