Gatekeeper (OS X)
Gatekeeper under OS X Mountain Lion
|Preview release||1.0 (11D1069) / February 16, 2012|
|Operating system||OS X|
Gatekeeper is an anti-malware feature of the Mac OS X operating system. It is included with OS X Mountain Lion and (as of 10.7.5) Mac OS X Lion. Gatekeeper allows users to restrict which sources they can install applications from, in order to reduce the likelihood of inadvertently executing a Trojan horse.
Users have three options to restrict the launching of applications:
- Mac App Store
- Allows only applications downloaded from the Mac App Store to be launched.
- Mac App Store and identified developers
- Allows applications downloaded from the Mac App Store and applications signed by certified Apple developers to be launched. This is the default setting in Mountain Lion.
- Allows all applications to be launched.
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