Mac OS X users continue to enjoy a relatively high level of security in their everyday computing, thanks in part to the powerful control over permissions in Apple’s desktop OS. This isn’t the only safeguard however, and all applications installed to the Applications folder (and downloaded from the Mac App Store) are run in a sandbox. This means that the app is run within a secure environment, and is denied access to sensitive system areas. While this ensures your system is safe from many malicious apps, all software can still ask for permission to access certain sets of data.
These permissions include access to your Contacts app, the ability to take screenshots or use your device’s camera and the uploading of photos and other data. By default there’s no simple way to check exactly what an app can do in OS X, and for that the small free Mac app SandboxInfo comes in very handy. Simply download it from the Mac App Store, run it and drag and drop applications into the app.
SandboxInfo will then check exactly what permissions the app has as well as checking the digital security signature, should the app have one. That’s literally all there is to SandboxInfo, reflected in the size of the download which is around 700KB. A useful tool to have installed.
- Simple app permissions checking.
- Drag and drop interface.
- Currently no other way of doing this within OS X itself.
- Free and incredibly small.
Download SandboxInfo @ Mac App Store