I just wish it was like Fedora Linux where you go to network manager and select “Airplane Mode” or whatever it’s called and all Internet activity is shut off.
I have no idea what ipfw rules are but suggest that if TrueOS is ever to get up there with a large useage base like Macs, they need to automate this kind of stuff.
After Snowden (may the maker bless him and his bold moves, risking all to let us know the full extent of the constitutional evasions, betrayals and rationalizations for …“security” by our …“Intelligence” (pause for laughter here) agencies), one cannot be too careful about apointing oneself master of what information is sent out there rather than letting some software company or “social” media billionaire (hint: he makes money off of your personal life, friends, interests and comments by collecting and selling them to interested parties or governments).
There was a tool in OSX, which worked up to Yosemite, called TCPBlock. This handy app allowed you to select apps and shut off phoning home with a simple mouse click. I haven’t figured it out if you can also use it to block Wine apps.
I suppose one must learn to use something like Wireshark to be really sure of what’s coming in … and going out of one’s internet connection.
Sorry for the long winded pontification but this is really an important thing of which I think we are all lulled into a false sense of unimportance by the industry when it is really quite important.
“Default deny” seems like a very wise idea these days.
Now back to my herbal book writing.