Mac users have half a dozen to a dozen options to connect and iPhone or iPad to a Mac so you can swap files. The road less traveled often is less traveled for a reason and I couldn’t find much of a reason to do that.
Not long ago I came across a free Mac utility which let you connect your iDevice to your Mac and have it show up on the Finder. That means you can drag and drop files and folders back and forth which makes your iPhone or iPad something of a USB flash or jump drive. Here’s the problem with free.
Easy Peasy, EasyBee
Forgoing conversation about why we Mac users would want to connect iPhones or iPads and drag and drop files and folders back and forth, EasyBee lets you do that if that’s what you need done and does it for free. And that’s what scares me. Caveat emptor, and all that.
On the surface, EasyBee looks impressive, but if you look closer your Spidey sense should begin to tingle wherever you get such tingles. EasyBee lets you Retrieve Contents from each device. Retrieve Contents? When was the last time you retrieved contents?
You can also App Data Inserts. And, Contents Play. And, Storage Unit. English issues aside, it should be obvious that EasyBee lets you move files and folders back and forth between your iOS device and your Mac (and there’s a Windows version, too). Free.
From a simple Finder-like drag and drop interface EasyBee gives you the ability to move music, photos, videos, voice recordings and other files and folders, back and forth between the two devices.
Because I try out plenty of new apps each month I have a set routine to delete the apps I don’t keep installed on my Mac. That multi-step process and a couple of app removal utilities keep my Mac pristine and clear of cruft and clutter from leftover apps.
EasyBee does not have an uninstaller but it leaves behind a number of files you may not want to keep if you decide not to keep using the app. As many apps do, EasyBee installs a couple of background processes called daemons. Delete EasyBee and those daemons remain. The Mac’s Activity Monitor utility tells the tale and can quit the process but not delete it. That requires extra steps.
Here’s what one MacUpdate reader had to say about EasyBee.
Indeed. Here’s how the developer responded.
Hello, i’m EasyBee Marketer. Thank you for your feedback. We thought that we could give you confusion about it. We are going to improve that license from next version. EasyBee is freeware and there is no restriction. Also, we don’t collect user(personal) information. GA(Google Analytics) which is mentioned on license is service from google. We only use the statistics for improving program. You can use EasyBee without worries. We apologize for the confusion.
English issues aside (“We thought that we could give you confusion about it“), there’s more going on here. The EasyBee website uses a nearly standard looking Apple logo for the Download button, which might leave some Mac users to assume the app is on the Mac App Store. It is not. Obviously, it’s a misuse of Apple’s logo and the download link uses a simple IP address instead of a domain name. Whois information about the developer’s website returns a Korean address for the registrant.
I admire those app developers who carve out a slice of the interwebs for themselves, and are willing to deliver a free app with useful utility. But my Spidey sense and all those little signs tell me to move along, nothing to see here.