This week’s mac techmail was Enhance security on your Mac with Hands Off! which is a neat security tool for OS X. I’ve been using Little Snitch for years, and Hands Off! is quite similar except that it provides more features and functionality, including the ability to protect files and directories on the hard drive with applicable policies to programs. Want to default deny access to files, and allow only trusted applications to access them? No problem. Hands Off! lets you grant access to specific files, or specific directories so that, for instance, a hack in Safari can’t automatically send (or write) files outside of what Safari should have access to: cookies, local storage, cache, etc. Hands Off! is pretty slick and worth looking at; the tip discusses it in further details.

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