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Airport Traffic 1.0
AirportTraffic is a simple utility for OSX 10.5+ that uses SNMP to communicate to an Aiport Extreme base station & retrieve WLAN bandwidth usage statistics.
Current features include:
- Total gigs transferred (up/down) since first execution of app
- Current Up/Down transfer rates
- Persists totals between executions of the app using a .dat file
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for Mac OS X. The application serves up a scrumptious mix of maintenance tools and interface tweaks, all accessible via a comprehensive graphical interface and toolset. It is a smooth and powerful utility that simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions.
Disks: Enable or disable journaling. Repair disk permissions. Set disk spindown time.
System: Prebind and re-prebind entire system or selected folder. Run cron scripts. Change startup mode and language. Modify sleep settings. Force empty trash. Rebuild Launch Services database. Update whatis and locate databases.
Files: Delete locked or inaccessible items. Delete invisible DS Store files. Clean system, user and Internet caches. View, rotate, print and save logs. Create symbolic links. Recreate Mac OS 9 Desktop alias. Lock or unlock files and folders.
Network: Change speed, duplex and MTU. Optimize network settings for eight most common types of connections or apply the custom optimization. Configure the Mac OS X file server.
Interface: Customize look and features of Finder, Dock and login window. Modify hidden settings of Expose, Mail, Safari and other applications.
Pilot: Easily optimize your system. Schedule maintenance tasks.
Client for the DNS hosting service provided by DynDNS.org
DoorStop X 2.2
Protects your Mac from outside attack
Easy-to-use interface means less chance of mistakes
Logs both allowed and denied access attempts
Enhances OS X's "built-in" firewall
DynDNS Updater 2.3
Client for the DNS hosting service provided by DynDNS.org
Firewall Builder 3.0.4
Firewall Builder is a multi-platform firewall configuration and management tool. It consists of a GUI and set of policy compilers for various firewall platforms. Firewall Builder uses object-oriented approach, it helps administrator maintain a database of network objects and allows policy editing using simple drag-and-drop operations. Firewall Builder currently supports iptables, ipfilter, OpenBSD PF and Cisco PIX. Technical summary of features supported by the policy compilers for all platforms can be found in the section "Modules" (see menu on the left).
Being truly vendor-neutral, Firewall Builder can generate a configuration file for any supported target firewall platform from the same policy created in its GUI. This provides for both consistent policy management solution for heterogeneous environments and possible migration path.
Flying Buttress 1.4
As Apple's built-in Firewall preferences improves in both functionality and security, I will be aiming Flying Buttress more at users who need the advanced firewall configuration, logging, and IP sharing options found in Flying Buttress. There is no reason that a new or inexperienced user cannot use Flying Buttress, but Apple's own Firewall preferences will likely remain a simpler interface for configuring a basic firewall. However, if you need:
- Firewall filters that include qualifiers on host or network addresses
- Firewall filters that operate on other than TCP or UDP protocols
- Firewall filters that include the whole range of ipfw qualifiers, such as IP options, ICMP types or TCP flags
- Per-filter logging configuration, including the ability to log allowed connections and the option to not log certain types of denied connections
- NAT port forwarding or other custom NAT configuration
- Different filter configurations on different network interfaces.
- A persistant, searchable firewall log entry database with graphical log viewer
- Scriptable control of your firewall, such as via cron or other shell automation
- Access and ability to easily edit the raw firewall configuration text, including an integrated ipfw filter syntax checker.
- The ability to switch between different firewall configuration sets quickly and easily. ...then you should consider using Flying Buttress.
FrameSeer is an inexpensive network packet capture application for the Apple Macintosh.
Packet-capture applications go by a variety of names including, sniffing tools or sniffers (after the Network Associates "Sniffer" product), frame grabbers, packet monitors, and protocol analyzers.
Packet-capture tools are essential aids for diagnosing communications problems, investigating network security breaches, and for general network performance monitoring and troubleshooting tasks.
FrameSeer is a native Mac OS X ("Cocoa/Aqua") application and will help you to diagnose network faults with confidence. Once you've used FrameSeer to track down your first network problem, you'll reach for it whenever your network hiccups.
FrameSeer can capture traffic on your Ethernet, AirPort, PPPoE (eg aDSL or cable-modem), PPP (eg dial-up modem) and loopback interfaces.
GlowWorm FW 1.5.2
GlowWorm FW Lite - can help you protect your privacy by enabling you to control your computer at the network level.
Through a simple system of Rules (see screenshot on the right) you can easily define the behavior that is acceptable on the basis of a particular application, host or ip address, port number, and any combination thereof, and what action to take if such an event occurs. A default set of rules is included to get you started.
GlowWorm FW Lite is a completely free download. A more sophisticated (non-free) version is planned, and feedback received regarding this free version will help guide development. Mac OS X 10.4 is required to use GlowWorm FW Lite.
What are Rules?
Rules are a means by which one can impose network restrictions upon the applications on one's computer. Each Rule specifies one of the actions: Allow, Deny, Ask. If a network event matches on an "Ask" rule, an authorization dialog window will appear, it will show you the details of the event (the application name, the remote IP address, port number, approximate geographic location, etc.) and based on that information you can make a decision about whether or not to allow it. By customizing the set of rules to strictly match the specifics of your computer use, you can have an extra level of security in place, which can alert you if an application starts doing something unexpected ("phoning home"), or a malicious program tries to contact another computer.
HenWen is a network security package for Mac OS X that makes it easy to configure and run Snort, a free Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS). HenWen's goal is to simplify setting up and maintaining software that will scan network traffic for undesirable traffic a firewall may not block. Everything you need to have is bundled in; there is no compiling or command line use necessary.
Httpd Info 1.3.3
Displays information about a web server by parsing its HTTP headers. It can tell you about the server's software and operating system, or when a page was last updated. It also has a logging feature.
IC-Switch is a helper utility for Internet Config (hence the "IC" in its name), for Mac OS X only. It allows you to change quickly and easily your default emailer, FTP client, news and RSS readers and Web browser, simply by choosing an item from a menu displayed in all applications.
InterMapper's active maps give a visual, real-time view of traffic flows through and between critical network devices and links. It also queries your servers to let you know when you have problems - even before your customers call. InterMapper uses SNMP to provide utilization statistics to help you optimize performance, as well displaying traffic, error, and outage information so you can be aware of trouble spots.
Internet Config 2.0.2
The Internet Configuration System was designed to make your life easier by reducing the number of times which you need to enter your Internet preferences into the various preferences dialogs of all your Internet applications.
A convenient menu item that lets you check your external (internet) IP address as well as your internal (network) address. IPMenu lives in the upper-right corner of your screen. To check your IP, simply click on the globe. You can have IPMenu automatically launch when you log in, set a regular update interval, have IPMenu e-mail you when your IP changes, change the menu icon, and more.
IP Monitor 1.3.2
IP Monitor is a handy application which displays the current IP network (or subnet mask) address of your Macintosh right onto your desktop. IP Monitor allows you to copy the current IP network (or subnet mask) address to the clipboard, where it can be pasted directly to most applications and documents.
The tools included at this time are Ping, Trace Route, Who is, Finger, Lookup, Name Server Query, Subnet Calculator, DHCP Lease, Address Scan, Port Scan, Connection List, AirPort Signal, Interface Info, Monitor, Link Rate, TCP Info, and TCP Dump (including TCP Flow).
IPNetRouterX is a powerful router, firewall, and network management utility including NAPT with inbound port mapping, a built-in DHCP Server, AirPort configuration tool, bandwidth accounting, and rate limiting.
Using IPNetRouterX you can share a network connection among multiple users, provide DHCP service, configure an AirPort software base station, allocate network bandwidth to match business priorities, audit network usage, and secure your LAN against undesirable traffic or network abuse.
IPNetRouterX includes the complete IP filtering engine from IPNetSentryX, extending its flexibility to the entire LAN.
IPNetSentryX is an advanced firewall intrusion detector that includes bandwidth allocation, bandwidth accounting, Ethernet bridging, AirPort configuration, automatic failover, and detailed logging. IPNetSentryX supplements and is fully compatible with Apple's own firewall in OSX while providing additional capability to solve network problems users may encounter.
Unlike most other Internet security products, IPNetSentryX offers basic protection without erecting barriers for the safe use of your Internet connection. There is no need to "punch holes" in a firewall for specific applications you may wish to run. Instead, IPNetSentryX silently and intelligently watches for suspicious behavior, and when triggered, invokes a solid filter which completely bans the potential intruder from your Macintosh. The advantage is you don't need a network expert to configure your firewall or debug compatibility conflicts.
IPNetShareX is a small program designed to give users graphical access to Mac OS X's Network Address Translation (NAT) services without having to use the command line. NAT is a protocol used to share a single internet connection among multiple computers without requiring a dedicated hardware router. IPNetShareX can be used as an alternative to the basic Internet sharing feature of IPNetRouter.
It is often possible to improve the performance of your Internet connection by 20% or more simply by using the right parameters for your connection. IPNetTunerX is a modest application that allows you to optimize TCP/IP network performance under Mac OS X by tuning internal TCP/IP parameters to match your network environment. IPNetTunerX supports over 20 adjustable parameters including the TCP Window Size, Time Out intervals, Maximum Segment Size, and MTU.
Use our preconfigured settings for most common types of Internet connections. Or you can adjust your settings and save them in IPNetTunerX settings documents and invoke them each time you login by adding the corresponding document to your login items list.
IPSentinelStatus is a menu bar item which displays and copies your machines IP addresses and name. It can optionally send email when the IP address changes, and display the external IP address in the menu itself.
Layer Four Traceroute 3.0
LFT, short for Layer Four Traceroute, is a sort of 'traceroute' that often works much faster (than the commonly-used Van Jacobson method) and goes through many configurations of packet-filters (firewalls). More importantly, LFT implements numerous other features including AS number lookups through several reliable sources, loose source routing, netblock name lookups, et al. What makes LFT unique? LFT is the all-in-one traceroute tool because it can launch a variety of different probes using both UDP and TCP layer-4 protocols.
Networking isn't always as easy as it should be: Ever tried to let a colleague connect to an HTTP or SSH server running on your Mac when you're in your home network behind your NAT router? Or to work together on a document in SubEthaEdit? Or get good download rates in your favorite BitTorrent client?
Without port forwardings, it just won't work, but static port mappings that you can set up in your router are cumbersome to use, only work with static IP addresses and are lost when you buy a new router.
Not so with Lighthouse. Being a dynamic port forwarding utility, starting and stopping port mappings is just a click away. Or even better, let Lighthouse start a port forwarding automatically when you launch an application!
Want to use a port mapping on your desktop and later on your laptop? Static mappings just won't cut it, but Lighthouse will! And living in your menu bar, it's always there, right at your fingertips!
Little Snitch 2.2.2
Little Snitch is an application supervisor. It watches all running applications and brings up an alert panel when an application tries to establish a network connection. You can either allow the connection, deny it or store a permanent rule for similar future-connections.
MacSniffer is a front end to the built-in 'tcpdump' packet sniffer on Mac OS X. MacSniffer allows you to view all of the traffic on a network connection, such as ethernet.
MacSniffer includes a filter editing interface and a filter library to easily construct and reuse packet filters to view a subset of all the traffic on the connection, such as just that destined for a specific host or port.
You can choose the level of detail you want captured, from just the minimal packet headers (showing source and destination hosts and ports) up to a full hex and ASCII dump of the packet contents.
MacSniffer can be useful for diagnosing many network problems, debugging client/server programs, and scanning for particular network exploits in real time.
MarcoPolo brings location-aware computing to your portable Mac computer. It allows your computer to determine its location through gathering evidence from your environment (evidence sources), using fuzzy-logic and rule-based matching to make an educated guess (rules), and then performing arbitrary actions upon changing location (actions).
MarcoPolo is built upon the Mac OS X concept of a "network location". This is a collection of settings for your computer's networking, which allows changing numerous parameters at the same time (Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network). Using this network location system saves considerable time and effort, but you still have to explicitly switch to the correct location each time. MarcoPolo fills this gap, and extends it to allow a much wider range of location-specific configuration and actions.
MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for MacOS X. Although there are numerous other programs which do the same thing, none had quite the feature set I was looking for. Most were windows that sat in a corner or on the desktop, which are inevitably obscured by document windows on a PowerBook's small screen. Those monitors which used the menubar mostly used the NSStatusItem API, which has the annoying tendency to totally reorder my menubar on every login.
The MenuMeters monitors are true SystemUIServer plugins (also known as Menu Extras). This means they can be reordered using command-drag and remember their positions in the menubar across logins and restarts.
- The CPU Meter can display system load both as a total percentage, or broken out as user and system time.
- The Disk Activity Meter displays disk activity to local disks on the system (anything that is a IOKit BlockStorage driver).
- The Memory Meter can display current memory usage as either a pie chart, thermometer, history graph, or as used/free totals.
- The Net Meter can display network throughput as arrows, bytes per second, and/or as a graph.
More Internet 1.2
More Internet is a System Preferences pane that uses Internet Config to allow you to choose which applications are set as helpers for internet protocols (i.e. which application will be chosen to handle which URL.)
Apple's own Internet Preference Pane only allows you to set Mail and Web applications - More Internet allows you to change (or add/remove) any of the internet protocols.
If you play games over the internet, then you know what a hassle it can be when you are going to host a game and need to give your IP address to your fellow players. You have to open your TCP/IP control panel, write down your IP address, and then retype the IP address for your fellow players. MyIPAddress is a small application which will now do all of this for you. MyIPAddress looks up your current IP address and then copies it to your clipboard.
Net Monitor 4.5.2
Net Monitor graphs a histogram of network activity of local and remote computers in a floating window, the Dock, the Menu Bar or in a regular window. Net Monitor is highly customizable. Net Monitor includes special features for PPP connections, like connect/disconnect & auto reconnect (not available for remote computers).
Setup locations to represent the different environments in your life. Customize your Mac to suit each location, and let NetworkLocation do the rest.
Use actions to change system settings or set things in motion; launch applications or scripts, connect to servers, toggle Airport and Bluetooth power. See complete list of actions.
Step into a coffee shop and NetworkLocation goes to work. Using wifi, connected devices, ethernet and now the Wi-Fi Positioning System from Skyhook Wireless, it's a sure thing.
Network Stat 1.5
This Widget displays the Name of your current Network-Location, your LAN- and your WAN-IP. The Features:
display the current Location
display your internal IPs, along with an Icon of the Interface
display your "real" Internet-IP
click on any desired info to copy it to your Clipboard
shows your IPv6, prefixlength, netmask, broadcast and MAC-address via a click
you can switch between the remaining time till next refresh and the date/time of the last refresh
automatically updates the Info, based on your Preferences
Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap runs on most types of computers and both console and graphical versions are available. Nmap is free and open source.
NmapFE is a Cocoa frontend for the popular Nmap port-scanning software written in Objective-C.
It can also be useful as a "teaching tool" since it shows the user how to construct a complex Nmap command line based on their choices, and provides background information (via tooltips) on what the different choices mean.
No-IP.com is a leading dynamic DNS service provider. We offer a wide range of services pertaining to your internet presence, from that pesky dynamic IP problem to getting around ISPs who block port 25. All of our services take advantage of our global network of redundant DNS and mail servers peered with tier-1 data centers.
NoobProof is a firewall configuration tool for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. Very easy, just follow the 5 steps how-to in the application help. NoobProof is a frontend for ipfw. NoobProof is freeware.
Path Anaylyzer Pro 2.6.3
Path Analyzer Pro integrates the most advanced network route-tracing with performance tests, DNS, whois, and network resolution to investigate network issues. By incorporating all of these powerful features into one simple graphical interface, Path Analyzer Pro has become a must-have tool for any network, systems, or security professional on Windows and Mac OS X.
This program allows you to search a range of ports within a range of internet IP addresses for running TCP/IP server programs. This is useful for determining server susceptibility to outside attacks, as well as seeing if a given service is working correctly.
PPP Genie 1.1.1
PPP Genie is a handy Mac OS X utility for controlling and monitoring your PPP connection. It allows you to easily open and close your connection, and keep track of the time and money you are spending online.
RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or higher preference pane that allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, MIME types, and Uniform Type Identifiers (or UTIs; MacOS 10.4 only). MacOS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file (such as an unknown URL protocol, or a media stream).
RCDefaultApp also allows setting the application when digital cameras or FireWire webcams such as iSight are connected to the computer. For completeness' sake, there are also settings that mimic the existing "CDs and DVDs" preference pane, which allows setting the action to take when various types of CDs and DVDs are inserted into the computer.
RCDefaultApp also allows entries to be disabled, such as URL schemes that have security issues.
shadowIP is a multiple IP address monitoring utility that displays your IP addresses on either your desktop or as a status menu item.shadowIP can be customized to display all IP addresses of your Mac, or only the one you need.
The power of shadowIP lies in its simplicity and straightforwardness. shadowIP can operate in Faceless Mode, meaning it won't show up in your dock. shadowIP displays your IP addresses on either your desktop or in the status menu area of your Mac OS X system.
In 1998, Martin Roesch wrote an open source technology called Snort, which he termed a "lightweight" intrusion detection technology in comparison to commercially available systems. Today that moniker doesn't even begin to describe the capabilities that Snort brings to the table as the most widely deployed intrusion prevention technology worldwide. Over the years Snort has evolved into a mature, feature rich technology that has become the de facto standard in intrusion detection and prevention. Recent advances in both the rules language and detection capabilities offer the most flexible and accurate threat detection available, making Snort the "heavyweight" champion of intrusion prevention.
Client for the Dynamic DNS service, StatiCling.org
If you have a broadband internet service with a monthly download limit, you may find SurplusMeter comes in handy. It measures the download and upload traffic on your Internet connection and keeps a record of your traffic volume. It gives you all kinds of useful output statistics, like daily allowance, average daily usage, accumulated surplus, and more. Statistics are presented in three ways: simple bytes in/out; summaries of megabytes used and remaining, and graphic meters which display at a glance when you're getting close to exceeding your limit.
sunShield Pro 2.0.3L
sunShield Pro is a GUI that enables a user to configure ipfw, the interface to the packet filtering firewall that sits in the kernel. Although it is designed to be as simple as possible, giving access to (almost) full potential of ipfw2 on a single pane requires some knowledge about firewall rules.
sunShield Pro however now supports rules packs, sunShield EXchange files, that apply a bunch of rules to match a typical configuration, along wiht the templates for specific services.
tcpflow is a program that captures data transmitted as part of TCP connections (flows), and stores the data in a way that is convenient for protocol analysis or debugging. A program like 'tcpdump' shows a summary of packets seen on the wire, but usually doesn't store the data that's actually being transmitted. In contrast, tcpflow reconstructs the actual data streams and stores each flow in a separate file for later analysis.
Throttled Pro 1.5
Throttled Pro optimizes your internet connection and provides "QoS (Quality of Service)" to Mac OS X.
TraffiX, an internet traffic rate monitor. If your ISP (like Comcast) is implementing or threatening usage caps on your internet service, you can use TraffiX to see if you are one of the "over-users" that they are bleating about.
TraffiX has only been tested with Airport Extreme base stations, but it uses industry standard SNMP techniques, and may work with other routers.
VirusBarrier X6 10.6.15
Only VirusBarrier X6 provides comprehensive protection from malware and network threats. VirusBarrier X6 is the only antivirus program for Mac that includes full anti-malware protection together with firewall, network protection, anti-phishing, anti-spyware features and more.
Quickly locate the source of Internet delays! VisualRoute provides an automated analysis and quick identification of where Internet connectivity problems occur.
Stop getting the run around from your ISP! VisualRoute enables you to easily provide domain and network administrators proof of Internet connectivity problems.
Find out where a Web site or IP address is located! VisualRoute identifies the actual city and country location, in addition to the WHOIS location, and the network being used.
WaterRoof is an IPFW firewall frontend for Mac OS X with an easy interface and many options. Features include dynamic rules, bandwidth management, pre-defined rule sets and a wizard for easy configuration. You can also watch logs and statistics. Rules configurations and network options can be saved and optionally activated at boot time.
The program is designed to find the names of all the routers through which an IP packet passes on the way from your Macintosh to the destination host. In addition it measures the round-trip time from your Macintosh to the router thus enabling you to determine slow links (hops) in the Internet. It can also find dead links - ie routers that don't respond etc etc. Traceroute for the Mac. Also, does DNS lookups and ping.
Wireshark is the world's most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development, and education.
A very long list of uses for XNmap could be compiled, but we'll just list off a few here:
- Network Audits
- Security Audits
- Rogue Machine Discovery
- Backdoor Discovery
- Operating System Patch-level Audits
Since XNmap provides a GUI for nmap, it can do everything that nmap can do. According to the nmap web site:
Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics.
A wrapper for the 'w' command to actively monitor logins (telnet, ssh, rlogin, etc) to your OS X machine by means of the Status Bar. Drop down menu displays current connection information.
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