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Open source; $0

Current Version: 2.2 (September 8, 2009) / 3.0 (January 28, 2010)

WaterRoof (from the authors of NoobProof) is a free IPFW firewall front end for Mac OS X with a easy interface and many options. Features include dynamic rules, bandwidth management, NAT configuration and port redirection, pre-defined rule sets and a wizard for easy configuration. You can also watch logs and graphic statistics. Rules configurations and network options can be saved and optionally activated at boot time.

A WaterRoof / NoobProof comparison can help you make a decision about which of these free firewall configuration tools is right for you.

Version 3.0 adds/changes the following:

  • New interface
  • Two ways to add a new rule: advanced mode and simplified mode with rules translator
  • Ipfw/nat deployment with Injectors
  • Import NoobProof Injector's ipfw configuration
  • New quick reference guide
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X Server 10.5

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Related Links

For an interesting and objective third-party view of Apple's networking technology - from MacTCP through Open Transport and beywond - Peter Sichel's Sustainable Softworks page is unparalleled.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!