Worried about security on your Mac? Don’t be. Despite a few alarmist headlines, Macs have few real-world security problems. In fact, Apple’s built-in IP firewall is turned off by default on the Macs.
Apple is so confident in Mac OS X security that many accessible firewall functions are limited and hidden from the user. Paranoid? Here’s a free and secret way to make your Mac more secure.
For The Poor Paranoid Geek
If you’re so paranoid about security, and worry that Big Brother is out to get you, then you’ve probably got the right attitude. Geeky Mac user wannabe, rejoice.
It’s time to lock down your Mac and tighten the screws.
Your Mac comes with a firewall for added security.
Interestingly, that internal firewall is turned off by default, but can be used to enhance security and protect your Mac from outside intrusions. Is there a way to improve the firewall, make your Mac more secure, and learn about security in the process?
It’s Also A Play On Words
WaterRoof is a Mac app, a firewall management tool, that uses OS X’s built-in IP firewall to add many more security functions. It’s also a play on words.
Firewall. Waterroof. Fire. Water. Wall. Roof.
WaterRoof is a clean, geeky, hassle-free tool to enhance your Mac’s firewall changes settings and configurations, and do so as simply as possible. But it’s not simple to use and requires a knowledge (or willingness to learn) of how a firewall works.
Use the menu selections and windows to create, delete, or edit IPv4 and IPv6 rules. The Wizard walks you through rules building. Back up and insert firewall rules using the built-in injector. Tools and options abound in WaterRoof.
Scare yourself by looking at your Mac’s firewall logs (to see who’s been knocking on what door). Check the apps that make network connections.
Geekier uses include the ability to manage Network Address Translation with port redirection and forwarding.
These are functions that Mac geeks use to keep Macs and networks safe and locked down from intruders, manage network bandwidth and connections, and track performance.
WaterRoof isn’t a Mac hack app, doesn’t use crazy kernel extensions or modules.
It’s a frontend to help you use functions already built-in to your Mac, but hidden (or, less accessible to users) by Apple.
Did I mention that WaterRoof is free? What’s not to like?
WaterRoof requires that you know something about firewalls, rules, network operation, but it’s also an excellent tool to use to learn such functions.