Tethering MBP to iPhone - how to seamlessly avoid big data bills
December 17, 2013 6:07 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to setup a MacBook Pro so that it can be regularly hooked up to an iPhone's Personal Hotspot without unexpected background processes (Dropbox, iTunes Match, auto OS or app updates, etc) resulting in massive data charges?
posted by puffmoike to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
A few hours research suggests Little Snitch
is probably the best option (it seems to me that Apple should be baking this functionality right into OS X, but it hasn't).
But I have downloaded the trial, and the amount of popup messages is overwhelming. It seems like the focus of the product is providing geeks with the tools to monitor and control every piece of data that comes in and out of their computer. I'm not interested in that.
I simply want an unobtrusive means to limit unnecessary substantial up- and downloads when I'm tethered to my iPhone.
LittleSnitch seems like it has all the functionality I need (the new Automatic Profile Switching could make this a set-and-forget product, which is what it really needs to be for most people), but it feels like there is no obvious way to set it up without making hundreds of micro decisions. Am I missing something? Has a third party provided a good guide which I've somehow missed in my Googling?
For Bonus Points: What's the best way to set up Dropbox (or set up an app like LittleSnitch to manage Dropbox) to be able to access any Dropbox file when tethered, but without unnecessarily downloading substantial files in the background (e.g. Photoshop files which workmates might have added to a shared folder)? Basically when the MBP is tethered to an iPhone I'd like Dropbox to operate like the Dropbox iOS app, not the OSX app.