Stop recording browsing history!

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Stop recording browsing history!

Postby mvuser » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:20 pm

How do I stop Little Snitch v 4.x from recording all my browsing history in the Network Monitor?

What is the point of clearing of browser (e.g. Chrome) history if Little Snitch keeps it anyway?

Is there a way to create Little Snitch rules for the browsers I use but prevent recording all the
domains I visit, i.e. not store a browsing history?

How can I downgrade to a previous LS version which does not record all browsing history?

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby laryt77 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:24 pm

I agree. this is a serious problem. Every browser and other application which connects to a domain will be recorderd FOREVER. You can delete the apps in the monitor (which deletes the log but it could potentially be recovered so that's bad) You guys SHOULD implement a solution. What good is a firewall when it logs things it should not.

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby thinqer88 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:42 pm

:x :x :x :x :x :x


You guys are RIGHT! I have thousands of records in the monitor for every site I visited the last few months. That's some crazy shit! I know a firewall should be able to work on application level but recording EVERY domain you visit with EVERY BROWSER is way too much. I tried looking for a solution (like automatic removal of these logs but this feature is non-existent)

As a developer I take my security and privacy very serious. Can someone from Objective respond to this issue!? I urge others who read this to also post in this thread and e-mail them. I think unless we do something nothing will change.

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby i90rr » Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:24 am

Thanks everyone for raising awareness of this HUGE PRIVACY ISSUE.

Can anybody tell me how to check these logs?
Many thanks in advance.

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby bgarrett » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:46 pm

Yes this is a huge problem that doesn't seem to have a solution other than turning off logging and that's not ideal. I was interested in purchasing this but can't in the form it is in now.

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby roberto » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:13 pm

I agree an option to purge the logs automatically would be great (e.g. after 1h, 12h, 24h, 7d, 30d, 1y, never), however, there is an extremely easy fix for this.

In the network monitor, right click on the application in question, and select "Remove from List". Voila, all is good in the universe again.

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby bloggeroften » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:01 pm

I bought this recently and am quite upset with this issue. Removing a process from the list only works until the program is restarted, so it's not a real solution. Removing individual processes permanently would be an acceptable solution.

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Re: Stop recording browsing history!

Postby christian » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:49 am

I can see your issues here. Network Monitor always stored all connections. In version 3, the list was lost on restart of Network Monitor, now it is persisted in an encrypted database. When you remove an app from the list with Cmd-Delete, all PAST history is deleted. When the app continues communicating, it re-appears with the new communication.

We are aware that there is a privacy issue here and we plan to come up with a solution in a future release. However, this solution depends on other changes we need to roll out first.

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