While it has been possible to use profiles in the Little Snitch traffic monitoring utility to create a set of rules that limit connections, you still had to remember to switch to that profile manually. With Little Snitch 3.1, Objective Development has added a new Automatic Profile Switching capability that enables you to assign a network (such as your home Wi-Fi network or a coffee shop hotspot) to a specific profile. When you first connect to a network, an alert window pops up to ask which profile you want to assign to the network. You can also choose to do nothing or configure a default profile that will be used for all unknown networks. No network traffic is allowed while the alert window is open to prevent email and file synchronization accounts from sending and receiving data in unwanted situations. Other changes in Little Snitch 3.1 include an improved Restore Factory Defaults feature, a bug fix for a rare issue that could cause a kernel panic, and an updated help section covering the addition of Automatic Profile Switching. ($34.95 new, free update, 13.2 MB, release notes)
Option-click to Hide Apps Quickly
This trick has been available in the Mac OS for years, but many people still don't know it. If you have too many windows cluttering up your screen, you can hide specific ones easily as you work. When you're in any application, hold down the Option key and click on another app's window, on the Dock, or in the Finder to switch to that other app and simultaneously hide all the windows in the previously current app.