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Block an application on Mac Lion

Hi guys

I need to find out how to block an application to go to the net and download updates. It's a Mac OS X Lion. What's the best way to accomplish that? There's no firewall or Antivirus program installed on it.
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kirret
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kirret
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
I recommend a small program called Little Snitch.  It allows you to control and allow or block any application or service from connecting to the Internet on any port.  It is an essential program for any OSX user concerned about secure access and control when online.
http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html.

If you want to simply block a certain web address then you can add a line in the hosts file located in the /etc root folder.  Simply add a line like before the end of the file
127.0.0.1    www.blockthiswebsite.com

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You'll need a suitable text editor like TextWrangler (http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/) or Terminal text editor like vi or pico.
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strungCommented:
There is also the built in Mac firewall:

Apple Menu > System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Firewall

but I agree with Eoin that Little Snitch is likely a better option.
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kirretAuthor Commented:
Yea, went for Little Snitch. Thanks
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