Do you know who your Mac is talking to..?

rotecting your Mac from virus infection is as important as wearing your seatbelt when you drive. However, going as far as your everyday antivirus product may not tick all of your boxes. Then check out Private Eye!

Private Eye is a free network monitor for OS X Lion, not only does it monitor inbound and outbound traffic – but it does it in realtime! Thus giving you an instant view of exactly what is going on and where.

Private Eye breaks down the traffic by application, giving you the ability to filter by application at the click of a button.

As you can see from the screenshot below, on the left you can filter by direction of traffic or application. Then on the right hand side you can see the time of connection, the application name, the direction and the destination IP address. In this case below, the help demon is making almost constant connections to


Private Eye is the perfect solution if you want to confirm non of your apps are ‘calling home’.

If you locate any applications which cause concern, then you may want to check out Radio Silence Firewall for Mac, which is developed by the same team as Private Eye


Ease of use– Private Eye really couldn’t be easier to use, the simple point and click interface means even my nana could use it!
Features – Private Eye packs in everything you really need for a quick and simple overview of your network traffic

You can download your copy of Private Eye from the RadioSilence website, or by clicking this link.

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Lead Cyber Security Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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