ImageNoobproof provides a very simple front-end for ipfw. It takes just five steps to setup a rule.

The program is free and can be downloaded here.

ImageNetBarrier X5 is a very powerful way to protect your Mac while it’s connected to the internet. Some of the most interesting features are:

  • Blocks hacker and vandal attacks
  • Blocks ads from websites
  • alerting you of any application that tries to create a network connection, or “phone home”
  • filters all outgoing data to ensure that no sensitive information leaves your computer
  • see your network traffic in real time

The interface is nice and straight-forward. The purchase page is a bit overwhelming, but as far as I can tell it is $50 for a one seat license. You can find out more on the developer’s website.

ImageIf you’re going to use your Mac as a server connected to the internet, you’ll want to be sure it’s secure. One of the best ways to do this is by using a firewall.

WaterRoof is an IPFW firewall frontend for Mac OS X with a easy interface and many options. Start from a fresh-clean system installation and be ready in 1 minute with routing/bridging, NAT and port redirection, bandwidth limits and everything you need to fine tune your ipfw configuration.

I thought the setup wizard was especially useful.

WaterRoof is free and can be download from the developer’s website.