I’ve been using Freedom to block access to the internet. I had a list of sites to bypass within the Proxy tab of System Preferences, effectively whitelisting the sites I need for work.

I installed Charles to determine and whitelist the hosts/domains Evernote Mac was using, allowing the app to sync. In the process, it deleted my rather long and painstakingly gathered whitelist, rendering Freedom useless.

Is there a way to recover that list, and if so, where might I find that file?


This information is stored in


Under the NetworkServices dictionary are each service in the Network preference pane. Look through the list until you find the service with the matching UserDefinedName such as Wi-Fi, then open Proxies and see the ExceptionsList array.

You can recover an older version of this file from your backups such as Time Machine, or from an APFS snapshot.

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