|Version Sophos Home Premium 2.0.4||Developer Sophos Inc.|
Sophos was founded by Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer and began producing its first antivirus and encryption products in 1985. During the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Sophos primarily developed and sold a range of security technologies in the UK, including encryption tools available for most users (private or business). In the late 1990s, Sophos concentrated its efforts on the development and sale of antivirus technology, and embarked on a program of international expansion.
Sophos Group plc is an English security software and hardware company. Sophos develops products for communication endpoint, encryption, network security, email security, mobile security and unified threat management. Sophos is primarily focused on providing security software to the mid market and pragmatic enterprise from 100 to 5000 Seat organizations. Whilst not a primary focus, Sophos also protects home users, through a free antivirus software (Sophos Home) intended to demonstrate product functionality.
INSTALLATION & SETUP
Installation is somewhat different to normal antivirus applications. Sophos Home Premium is a cloud based application, which makes it a true novelty for home users. Once you set and activated your personal online account, all configuration settings are easily set from the available detection and protection area’s.
Sophos released its latest version of what it simply calls Sophos Home (free) and Sophos Home Premium (paid). As it stands, the set of features, cloud-based configuration, and price make it an outstanding offer.
Its Mac anti-virus performance, it’s not perfect. AV-TEST found it detected 98.4 percent of macOS malware, over 95 percent of macOS PUA, and over 99 percent of Windows malware. The scores are based on the at the time available databases which are constantly being updated.
- MacOS malware was found as soon as a (infected) file was unzipped from an archive. It also prevents from loading malicious web-pages software via the WICAR test site. All test were intercepted by Sophos ! Well done Sophos.
WHY CHOOSE FOR CLOUD BASED ANTIVIRUS
With Sophos Home Premium, you can easily view and manage computer security for anyone in your network or – whether they’re in the same house or in another country. And it works for both Macs and PCs.
Sophos Home Premium covers uptown 10 devices on Mac or PC and provides full protection for each. Adding a device is simply done by sending a created link to the device you wish to add and follow the the instructions.
Being a full cloud-based security application all your personal files are handled through Sophos servers I guess.
Sophos appears in macOS as just a system menu item with a few options, such as the ability to perform a manual scan. Because the software protects a system in real time, the scan function is needed only if protection is otherwise paused.
- Benefits: The cloud-based approach allows to push updates to its interface without requiring a user download, and it also has the maybe most robust remote management.
SOPHOS HOME PREMIUM EXTRA’s
Cybercriminals can use your webcam or microphone to secretly spy on you! Sophos Home alerts you when an outside source is attempting to access your webcam or microphone, giving you the option to allow or block the action. Thus providing more security in your home and privacy protection.
Online Banking Protection
Sophos Home Premium protects your banking and credit card information from being intercepted by third-parties and key-logger software. Their advanced technologies have earned the MRG Effitas certification for Secure Online Banking.
Again a bonus for safety and piece of mind.
CLOUD INTERFACE & PREFS
SOPHOS interface is absolutely great looking and well played out. You may notice the SCAN button which you may want to use beside the Real-Time protection. This is where I wish to make a remark towards the developers of Sophos. The scan button ONLY activates scanning of your Mac’s drive ! It does not provide a connected device menu for your external connected drives. nor the ability to choose a directory instead of going all the way scanning your 1 Tb. This should be implemented on next versions please !
You can however scan from within your Mac through Finder:
So, most options are now shown to you, as are the minor faults like a missing ‘ Quarantine ‘, in the cloud interface. Now the ransomware part of Sophos is like any other antivirus application ( Developer ), partly accurate because Apple’s silent internal Unix based, XProtect feature has definitions for all known ransomware, blocking it from running. XProtect uses virus signatures, so cannot protect against new ransomware malware or variants, but will block anything already discovered. Sophos is a next step help to keep you safe from ransomware attacks.
* Sophos Home not only provides advanced protection against ransomware, it can detect a ransomware attack in progress, block it, and automatically roll back your files to an unencrypted state.
Sophos Home Premium also blocks/recognises outbound network to known malicious servers, malicious website blocking, web filtering for parental control, and does alert its user for mic and webcam usage. Sophos handles the web and network stuff via its kernel extension, which examines all traffic and allows central management of options. As these days securing your documents and/or important data, it is of upmost importance to have a Ransomware Protection function available.
You never want to experience a real hack of your computers data, as my experience tells me that most people don’t have full backups of their data available. We all think, This will never happen to me! Well think again, and take steps in securing your valuable data.
* Small objection is the automatic log out from Sophos website (Cloud ) ?? Is this a bug, or a well chosen safety feature ?
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Sophos Home Premium provides the best of different routines in show, providing malware protection, PUA protection, ransomware monitoring. You automatically will always run its latest version and with the latest virus definitions available.No need to update the application anymore nor make sure to update the virus definitions. Its Cloud configuration is generous and is easy to adjust to your wishes. The basic licensing for 10 devices is outstanding making it possible to protect a family, giving it an unbeatable price per device over its nearest competition. To Sophos I would suggest to implement an easy Scan-device/folder selection to the Cloud interface, as well as a Quarantine section, for users to make their own decisions.
We really are impressed with Sophos new Cloud experience providing the best of both worlds.