Gatekeeper is new security feature starting in Mac OS 10.8. See for more information about Gatekeeper features and benefits.

If you are unsure what version of the Mac OS you are running, see

You can find Gatekeeper settings in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.

By default Gatekeeper will only open apps purchased and downloaded from the Mac App Store or from a list of “identified developers” that have been given the ok from Apple by obtaining an unique Developer ID.  To install other apps, select the option to install from Anywhere.

Highlighted - Anywhere option.

Note: In most cases, Gatekeeper may only need to be disabled temporarily in order to install and initially launch an application.  After that, Gatekeeper can be re-enabled to only allow applications from the Mac App Store and identified developers.

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July 19, 2016