The latest beta of macOS Big Sur would have removed Apple’s controversial app ability to bypass firewalls and hide their network usage.
Apple’s release of the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta appears to show that the company is ditching a controversial networking feature. In the current public release of Big Sur, 56 of Apple’s apps and system processes can use the Internet even when a user has blocked all access with a firewall.
Adding to the controversy, when those apps access the internet, they do so without a user or any network traffic app being able to monitor or report them. Apple did this in part because of its Gatekeeper security system.
When a user opens an app, macOS “calls home” to verify that the app is the one that was authorized when the developer sent it to Apple. The idea is that if malware has been added, Gatekeeper can detect it and stop the app from starting.
However, this has led to problems like the serious problems that users had when macOS Big Sur was …
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