Typically software that runs to prevent network traffic from reaching a computer. Also a hardware device that works on a network level rather than running on a single computer.

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Can I block ports in Hotspot mode?

I would like to block ports when using my iPhone 4 (iOS 5.0 jailbreaked) as a hotspot. The reason is I don't want my backup program, computer updates or any high bandwidth usage tool to be able to ...
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How to restrict “Remote Login” (ssh) access to only certain IP ranges?

Can someone please tell me how to restrict SSH access only to certain IP ranges (e.g. local network) and not the whole Internet? I guess this has to be done via firewall.
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How can I restrict Mac sharing services to a specific network/adapter?

I want is to set up a Mac to connect to multiple networks. So far, so good. However, I only want to grant AFP access to users on ONE of the networks, but not the other. How can I accomplish this on ...
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Always Asked to Configure Firewall for iTunes

Whenever I open iTunes, I get the standard OS X dialog, Do you want the application "iTunes.app" to accept incoming network connections? Every time I click allow, but I am asked the same thing without ...
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How can I open a port (not application) in the OS X 10.6 firewall?

Let me preface this by saying: I do not want to drop my firewall completely Yes, I really do need particular ports rather than an application. So I see that there is the option to allow particular ...
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How to get rid of firewall “accept incoming connections” dialog?

I've accepted this so many times that firewall should already remember it. For example, I get it for Eclipse when starting my java programs in debugging mode ... sometimes this dialog is displayed ...
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Disable Little Snitch in guest account?

It's annoying as hell to let others use your computer on a guest account with Little Snitch installed, all the consecutive popups one after another...it's really ridiculous. Also in the event my ...
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How stealthy is the stealth mode of the firewall? Does it increase security?

In the System Preferences there is the option: `Security & Privacy -> Firewall -> Advanced... -> Enable Stealth Mode Does this options significantly increase the security when ...
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Questions about how Internet Sharing works

A simple checkbox and a menu allow you to share your internet connection (no matter which interface you get it on) with any other interface (theoretically). But, the guts of this is a little ...
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What are the numerous incoming connections I see on public wifi for?

In general I have incoming connections disabled by my security software (Little Snitch). But even when I do this, on public wifi, I see numerous incoming connections for netbios and mDNSResponder ...
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Reasons to prefer Little Snitch over the built-in firewall

Every now and then I browse through software you must have on your mac type lists and more often than not somebody mentions Little Snitch as a must-have application. Now what I think that many people ...
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Migration Assistant fails on Ethernet Mavericks-to-Mavericks migration

I have the following setup and am attempting the use Migration Assistant over Ethernet: Source machine: Early 2009 24-inch iMac running OS X 10.9 Destination machine: Latest MacBook Pro Retina ...
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Mountain Lion firewall is randomly delaying DNS requests

I recently experienced some delays during DNS host resolution on OS X 10.8. To test it I started a simple script which tries to repeatedly resolve the same hostname 20 times: #!/bin/sh for i in `seq ...
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How do I use ipfw to allow LAN access but deny Internet access?

How can I use ipfw (or another tool, if one is available) to allow unlimited access between computers on my LAN, but not allow access to the Internet? (The IPs on my local LAN are 192.168.0.xxx)
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Migration Assistant fails on FireWire Mavericks-to-Mavericks migration

I have the following setup and am attempting the use Migration Assistant over FireWire: Source machine: Early 2009 24-inch iMac running OS X 10.9 Destination machine: Latest MacBook Pro Retina ...
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How can I get the exact URLs/requests that a program is trying to connect to?

I currently use Little Snitch to control network traffic on my Macbook Pro, and see what my apps are connecting to. Unfortunately, Little Snitch only shows you the hostname that an app is connecting ...
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Do iOS 5.1 devices have a firewall?

Does iOS 5.1 support a built in firewall like Mac OS X does? Can't see anything about it in Settings.
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Mac OS X Server ignores remote HTTP connections, but accepts local ones

I cannot get Mac OS X Server's web server to accept connections from other machines on the same LAN. This is on OS X 10.8.2, running on a Mac mini which originally shipped with Lion Server. I can ...
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How does Application Level Firewall work?

I'm a bit confused about OS X Mountain Lion's Application Level Firewall. I have enabled ALF (Application Level Firewall) in Settings -> Secuity & Privacy -> Firewall and have some rules for some ...
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Prevent data on unsecured wireless, until VPN is connected [duplicate]

There's a lot of good advice around about avoiding connecting to unsecured wireless networks, and using a VPN (for all traffic) if you absolutely must use one. What seems to be missing from this ...
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How do I detect failed remote login attempts and block them?

How do I detect failed remote login attempt on my MacBook Pro and how do I block them? My MacBook Pro is on a network with built-in firewall, if that's relevant.