Metakine says Hands Off! 1.0 for Mac OS X (http://www.metakine.com/products/handsoff/) will be released on Monday, Oct. 4. It’s an US$24.95 is an application to monitor and control the access of applications to your network and disks.
Being able to monitor the normally unnoticeable activities enables you to make informed decisions regarding the transfer of your private information, hence avoiding confidential information leakage, according to the folks at Metakine. When connected to the Internet, applications can send any information stored on your computer to whoever they want without you ever knowing. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control Internet connections from all applications as to expose hidden connections and prevent them from sending data or phoning home without your consent.
Applications present on your computer can freely read, store or erase information on your computer without your knowledge. Using Hands Off!, you can monitor and control disk access from all applications as to prevent them from obtaining confidential information, erasing your data or storing cookies.
Once aware of the behavior of your applications, you can identify the friendly and the non-friendly ones and grant or deny specific actions depending on the application performing them. A flexible configuration is available through a wide range of configuration options, which can be applied permanently to keep you safe while you focus on your daily tasks. Hands Off! has many advanced features which make it much more secure and trustworthy than its competition:
Hands Off! requires Mac OS X 10.6.4. A demo is available for download.