Sophos antivirus security solution for Macintosh

Apple Macintosh users often boast that they don’t get viruses on their systems, which is to a large extent true. It is difficult to find the kind of self-replicating viruses that are all too common in Windows systems affecting Macs. However, this does not mean there aren’t any malware out there that affect Mac systems. Trojans, pharming and phishing websites are just some of the malware threats that exist even for Macs. This where Sophos security package comes in to help protect Mac systems.

Sophos security package

Sophos, Inc. is a developer and vendor of information technology data protection and security software solutions for business. This software solutions include anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-spyware, email systems, data loss prevention, network access control and other network gateway products.

Founded in 1985, Sophos has become a leader in viruses and malware protection for Macintosh systems. Sophos free anti-virus literary offers business-grade malware protection for Mac systems based on the same high-end Mac virus scanner and security technology the company itself uses on its own Endpoint Security line.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Sofos Inc. offers its anti-virus for Mac Home Edition free and, frankly, there is no reason why you should not try the anti-virus. Sophos anti-virus for Mac Home Edition provides all the protection home users need to keep malware at bay without all the bells and whistles that other anti-virus programs come bundled with.

Sofos anti-virus is also light weight (only needs afew megabytes of disk space), easy to install and runs quietly in the background to offer you superb malware protection. In fact, aside from the small Sophos icon you'll see on your menu bar, it is hard to tell that the antivirus is actually active on your system.

Impressive features

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition provides a range of powerful and flexible scanning options. One of the best features of the software is the on-access scanner that automatically scans a file when you try to open, copy or move it around. This feature affords you peace of mind, knowing the antivirus will block any malicious programs in files you work with.

Another impressive feature is that Sophos can detect Windows malware in additon to Mac malware. This is impressive because you get total malware protection across both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

Overall assessment

A recent blotch in Sophos’s impressive track record saw one of its security update quarantine or delete crucial files of its own anti-virus program that left many systems vulnerable, but the glitch was quickly rectified. There have also been some complaints from users that Sophos slows your system start-up, which has not helped boost confidence either.

However, despite these issues, continued improvements to Sophos's security technology and enhancements to its software updates have ensured the anti-virus remains ahead of the competing pack with its complete malware scanning and detecting solution, particularly for Mac malware. It is overall a decent antivirus, adware and spyware solutions for small businesses.

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