My computer can’t work without talking to 21 different countries

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Last week I finally installed Little Snitch, a long-running Mac utility that lets you track every connection in and out of your computer. The latest version, released in July, comes with a map of where each connection is headed geographically, which is what convinced me to take the plunge. Now, Little Snitch can give you a physical representation of every IP your computer connects with. It will even light up particular paths when a new connection is made, a visual guide to all the invisible handshakes taking place each second just to keep your programs running.

When you can see those connections, the internet starts to look different. The first thing I noticed was that there are a lot of them. Over the course of a few days, my computer…

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