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I’ve looked around online and there are suggestions to change the problem application’s name and do other things that I don’t understand enough to risk messing things up. And on removing the application from the firewall settings to see if “Allow” sticks after that maybe until the next update Yes, that’s what I did and expect to happen.

However, even though I believe the internal syncthing was updated recently, the OS X firewall didn’t bother me again so far. The firewall actually “knows” that it’s the internal executable that asks for permission and doesn’t add the wrapper application who’s signature is breaking.

The internal executable always has a valid signature after every update , but I don’t know if the OS X firewall checks for changes of signature? In this case also Skype, etc should ask for permissions after every update, though which they don’t as far as I know. Show 6 more comments.

In short: sudo codesign –force –deep –sign – path-to-the-app. Robbotnik Robbotnik 1 1 silver badge 2 2 bronze badges. Signing the app seems to be good way to make this popup disapear for app without a signature. However the above command does not seem to work for me.

I never signed an app. Is there some key to generate first? I am typically getting error: The specified item could not be found in the keychain. Pierre-Antoine you will need to generate your key, this answer does a good job of covering how to do so while talking about the same solution — skplunkerin.

Pierre-Antoine I still had the popup after doing this to the executable. Any services you’ve checked in the Sharing panel as above will automatically appear in the list of allowed connections. But if you disable any of the services, they’ll no longer appear in the firewall options pane. When any third-party app starts listening for incoming connections, you’ll see a message asking “Do you want the application “[App]” to accept incoming network connections? Apps you allow access will appear on the list.

The built-in firewall gives you the ability to monitor and block incoming connections. However, you can monitor outgoing connections as well.

How can an average user utilize outgoing traffic data? Let’s illustrate with some examples. From these examples, it’s clear that a two-way firewall offers protection from both inbound and outgoing traffic. They can help identify the activity of malware if it’s installed and running , but they’re less concerned about security than privacy. Many third-party firewall apps provide control over both incoming and outgoing connections. We discuss a few popular ones below. LuLu is a free, open source firewall that aims to block outgoing traffic unless it’s explicitly approved by the user.

Once installed, it will alert you about new or unauthorized attempts to create an outgoing network connection. Click the Allow or Block button to handle the connection. The alert window displays a process icon and code-signing status of an app. The built-in VirusTotal integration can help you check if an app is malicious or not.

I have seen this happen when a connection gets restored quick enough for macOS to not report it even being gone for a bit. Note: if you force unmount in Finder, and Automount on Appear is enabled, CMN will probably remount the share rather quickly.

Maybe this is a good test. Not joy. OK we covered the basics. Granted, the Wake On LAN will not contribute to this, but just to be sure: these are my settings while testing. I also assume the helper tool is running in the background com. Can you send me an email to the address given so I can respond to you with the material? Note, I redacted the domain host and names above. Hi Michael, feel free to email me at webmaster at tweaking4all dot com. Thank you for your work The dmg image for download seems to be damaged.

Can you fix it? Thank you very much for your help. Both download correctly and I can mount both DMGs without any issue. Next I removed all my settings and installed the download version both , and they work just fine as well. Where do you get the message? Which version did you try to download? What version of macOS are you running? Thank you for the answer. I must have had a temporary problem with my browser. I downloaded the image several times and got a message saying it was damaged.

I was able to download it correctly. Thanks again and have a great day. Kind regards. Thanks Loek! It seems that Apple is making progress with smb with this new OS.

It seems to me that browsing share points is much faster … To be confirmed. Huge directories now appear super fast, almost instant, whereas before I literally had to wait a more than 10 seconds. Nice and tanks for posting this — I had no idea! Thank you to for your very usefully software. Thanks Lolipale. I just observed something weird with Big Sur: it keeps unmounting one of my network shares for no good reason and CMN keeps mounting it right after that.

One remark wrt Big Sur. Dropbox, Malwarebytes, Sync folders Pro. Specially with a darker background, the bottom part of the icon is not visible anymore. I do have to keep in mind that the icon has to work with black, white and transparent backgrounds, which is not available in all macOS version I think.

Note: did you see a setting in Big Sur to disable menu bar transparency? Apple allows a icon template only black pixels which converts to the right color automatically. So if you have white wallpaper, the background would be white, if you have a black wallpaper, the background would be black.

There is no API call to determine the actual background color, and depending on your wallpaper this may be different depending on where the icon ends up sitting on the menubar. For example: one of the default wallpapers of Bug Sur shows a light left side of the menubar and a dark right side of the menubar. Alrighty … I managed to fix that icon!

Please test v3. Beta update 3. Just checking. In this beta version the parameters for mounting NFS to custom paths has been changed. This version makes the parameters for NFS user configurable when using a custom mountpoint. Thank you!! After connecting the SMB disk, the Finder window will open for me — but the currently connected disk is never selected.

The latest BETA version of the application behaves in the same way. Anyway — thank you very much again for a great application! And I apologize for my bad English …. I just did a quick test and it worked on my setup. I disabled PathFinder and using the default mountpoint and custom mount point, both show the correct volume in Finder.

Is there anything you can provide so I can reproduce this issue? What macOS version are you running? I just check in This way users can select the behaviour to their liking, and in your case to what one would expect it to do.

I just tried it on another Mac also I would love if this feature could be configured in any of the next versions! Or if there was a way around this command …. Probably not today, hopefully tomorrow. Depends a little on how my day goes. After the holidays, or maybe earlier, I hope to get this implemented.

The holidays are a little all over the place. You got lucky I took care of it in the new build 29 beta. When doing so, the share remained in Favorites, even after unmounting the share, and even after rebooting. The results with Google also returned seemingly outdated info like this one. Note: I actually stopped using Finder several years ago and instead I use PathFinder commercial application , which lists mounted shares automatically in the sidebar. However … while researching this, I did find a possible trick that could help.

I have not tested this, but it seems to work for most from what I read. Make an alias of this share, for example on your desktop or somewhere in Documents. Drag the new alias into you favorites. Let us know if this worked for you as well. This des not work. I can only drag the alias into a folder but not directly into the favorites area.

I had to double click the alias on my Desktop first, so it would open MyShare in Finder. After that it suddenly would allow me to drag the alias from my Desktop into the Finder Favorites. Now I did exactly the same! I put the Alias to Documents folder and from there I added the folder to the favorites area. I would like to share with you a discovery to accelerate even more the display of folders on sharing points … Tested on Reboot your mac and test.

Very convincing with a VPN connection. Awesome — thank you for sharing! I had not heard of this trick, so I had to Google it and see of it was still usable in for example Big Sur which it seems to. Since I found this such an interesting find, I did research it a little to see if I could find more and found this tip in a German macuser forum.

For testing purposes, you appear to be able to do it this way as well which is said to not survive a reboot :. All in all — excellent find and thank you very much for sharing. Merry Christmas, and again: thank you for sharing! I did some quick tests with SMB. Mounting and file transfer seems to go a little bit faster. Not mind blowing faster, but on a 10Gb file it shaved off a few seconds.

Since this is for TCP network traffic in general, it will affect browsing, and other network stuff as well.

Curious to see what my findings will be. Beta 3. Oh wow! Thanks for sharing Loek! It seems that ConnectMeNow software does not accept admin type credentials of this form :. But in all honesty, there is a good possibility that this will fail as well. Another option you could try, which will most likely fail as well, is escaping the username.

Happy New Year. Thank you for the prompt response. This is common in the Windows or NAS world. It allows to specify that the account is a local admin account and not a domain admin account. Happy New Year ! Thanks for the info — I had not seen this notation for this before ….

It seems this notation is a typically Windows thing, when the login defaults to a given domain and not a local account? I could be very wrong of course! This is a new topic for me. For example, this is what my mount shows me when using local as the domain:.

Thank you for testing! The general idea being that AutoExecute was intended to be executed when your Mac starts. And nobody wants to see a bunch of errors when for example being on the road with a laptop where CMN cannot connect to the server s.

Thanks a lot for your time and support! I can see you can choose a custom mount path, but how do you mount a share to a specific folder? I think the automounter app can do it if you pay for it and the in-app purchase, but it sounds like a scam to have to purchase an app basically twice. Happy New Year! Glad that worked and thanks for reporting a potential bug.

Glad to hear you can work with it though! Stable and Beta Version freeze and unresponsive after wake up from sleep. You may need to quit CMN now, and restart it. Now see if it freezes again after sleep and wake up. In that case I may need some log files, and communication through the forum or email would be more desirable please do not post logs here in the comments. I tracked it it down to ONE mount.

Once I deleted that mount, it was back to stable. No worries haha. Did you read through for example this comment? One of the options I tried:. See also this comment. With this, a mount will not be attempted when a ping fails. A mount attempt will not even be attempted when there is no active wired or wireless network connection. Something I should have added way back in the beginning. This update is mainly for the issue where CMN is triggering the beachball, and freezes, when disconnecting all network connections, while still a number of shares are mounted.

This is caused by macOS waiting a little while before unmounting a share when no active network connection exists. This option is enabled by default, but you can switch it off if you like.

Additionally there is now an indicator showing that there is at least one active network connection, or not. By request, the maximum value for Auto Mount delay has been increased. This was seconds, which is obviously not the best max for a device that needs to wake up first.

The new maximum is 15 minutes seconds. The app is very useful for a single user at home. However, it is less useful for deployment in a company. I would like to deploy the app in my company and also deploy preconfigured network shares. The machines in my company are shared by multiple users. So preconfigured network shares need to be redeployed every time someone logs into a machine for the first time. And since the user can change the apps preferences, it cannot be guaranteed, that the preconfigured network shares remain available.

This would allow me to deploy preconfigured network shares which are available for all users on a given machine. Is there any chance, that you could implement the first and second feature request? That would be absolutely great! Feature 1 …. Actually … CMN has the option to use a shared config, or better said: have a user defined file location.

I actually use this for my own computers by storing the config in Dropbox but any shared folder would work — assuming you do not need CMN to mount it, which is why I used Dropbox. Your second feature request is an interesting good one. Note: When implementing this, an experienced user may still be able to edit the INI file manually to get access anyway. For the time being: I wonder if the config files can be made read-only so changes are not stored.

The third feature, which I totally understand, will be a little more difficult, as it will have a significant impact on how shares are handled in CMN. So I do not see myself implementing this in the near future. The option that you mention is not what i am looking for, since this one still requires me to configure that shared location for every user on a given mac. And when a new user logs into the mac for the first time, ConnectMeNow will not use the shared location for that new user, since the shared location has to be manually configured for every user.

I personally would prefer the menu entries to be disabled instead of requiring admin access since some of our users have admin access but they should still not be able to change the global ConnectMeNow preferences. It should be possible to implement that feature with just a few lines of code in your app, like this:. He or she will have to copy the preference files to their user profile first, make the changes, and then copy the preferences back again to global preferences.

It has no consequences, other than not having to setup the settings again for other users. It seems to work as designed, but I can imagine some more testing may be welcome to make sure. I do not use my Mac with multiple users. I hope this accommodate your needs a little better. I just tried it on my mac. But what i need instead is, that the user settings are completely ignored, IF the global settings are present.

Also, since in a company wide deployment, the user is not supposed to ever change the preferences in any way, it makes sense to put the global preferences in a place, where only a user with admin priviledges could ever change them.

Hence, the shared user space would not be ideal. In the case of deployment, the deployment sofware would have admin priviledges and would run in the background without the user noticing anything. In my opinion, it is not necessary, for the normal user to even know, that the option to use global preferences exists. The user is not supposed to ever edit them. I just want to be able, to deploy global settings for CMN to every mac in my company. And if it does it should completely ignore any existing user settings.

Since the whole feature is only intended to support deployments in company setups, there is no need for the user to be able to edit the settings. For the admin of the company i. I do not work with multiple user accounts so testing comes with a little bit of a mess. The fact that I store my settings in Dropbox makes it even more convoluted.

As for the path; I do not ever use hardcoded paths. Having done computer admin work way back in the day myself, I know being able to edit when ever and where ever can be convenient at times. However, I will try to rectify the issue with the global preferences — I was able to reproduce it.

And the settings to hide the menu entries and the admin support with password protection is fine too! As long as i can supply global settings without having to configure the app manually for every user, i am happy!

By the way, if the app reads its settings from a global folder which requires admin priviledges to change, the admin or user would have to enter a password anyway to be able to save the global settings…. Do all your settings as usual. Close ConnectMeNow. Restart ConnectMeNow. Hey, i tried it as you described and it works like a charm! This is really great! Thank you so much for this!! I will probably combine it with a deployment script that allows me to generate the ini file from a list of files containing one share each.

This way i can deploy individual lists of shares to every machine, depending on the needs of its users. Please let us know how the roll out went, and if you have any instructions or suggestions for other that wish to use ConnectMeNow in the same way. To make this comment more discoverable by future readers, I attach it to this thread which is also the basis for my question: in order to use CMN in a multi-user environment, every user has of course a different set of credentials username and password for the various network shares.

If I want to programmatically prepare the INI files during deployment rather than having to open the preferences dialog several times to type in username and password , how are the fields username and password encoded? Ideally, I would then generate the INI files for each individual user during their onboarding process. An Apple Silicon version would be great :- I can offer you remote access to one if that helps?

I understand your point and purpose all too well for multi-user environments. However, I am not eager to give you the code on how I encrypt the passwords for CMN — this somehow feels like a potential security issue for other users.

One thought that came to mind is writing a dedicated tool to help you with this issue. You may need to scroll down. Open Network settings for me. Allow only specified apps and services to connect: Click the Add button , then select the app or service in the dialog that appears.



Logic pro to accept incoming network connections free

And when a new user logs into the mac for the first time, ConnectMeNow will not use the shared location for that new user, since the shared location has to be manually configured for every user. Not all setups work equally well with this when your Mac cannot retrieve the IP address based on the computer name. Yesterday I saw a strange issue: I woke up the Mac from sleep and some folders in the NAS could not be reached anymore 0 folders were shown.