When you're having trouble installing an unsigned Apple program...

Discussion in 'Mac Ham Radio on macOS & iOS' started by WF7A, May 10, 2018.

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  1. WF7A

    WF7A Subscriber QRZ Page

    ...and going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, you're not shown the button to "Open Anyway?", it's because Apple's Gatekeeper applet isn't allowing you to install unsigned programs...which is a good idea in theory but can be annoying when you know the program is safe.

    To re-enable the ability to install such programs, follow the simple directions in this article: https://www.imore.com/how-open-apps-unidentified-developers-mac . You'll need Admin authority on the machine and will have to enter Terminal to enter a command, but it's easy...and it works!
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  2. WV8A

    WV8A Ham Member QRZ Page

    The first part of the article is correct in outlining the very easy procedure to permit unsigned applications to open. This step only needs to taken when a new app installation is opened for the first time. The latter part of the article, describing a terminal command to always disable Gatekeeper, is a dangerous thing to do, in that it disables it for any and all software, including any that might have been inadvertently downloaded or included as a malicious payload via an email or web link. It really is zero inconvenience to do the one-time right-click Open, which allows you to confirm that you trust a program to run on your machine.

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  3. K3DCW

    K3DCW QRZ Lifetime Member #212 Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    ^^^^ This! ^^^^

    A one-time inconvenience with Gatekeeper on versus a major security vulnerability caused by turning Gatekeeper off.
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  4. WX4LTG

    WX4LTG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting note: System Preferences: Security and Privacy will not allow you to click "Allow" for a denied application or extension from a remote keyboard (VNC, etc.) This remains true if you are actually local but using any application that repeats the keyboard elsewhere.

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