Sophos antivirus and security  is free for home users
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Sophos antivirus and security is free for home users

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Found 11th Oct
Sophos enterprise grade AV is free for home users. I've used it for some time and it works very well indeed. Fully cloud based management of all your devices. Has received several awards.

Sophos blurb is as follows:
Sophos Home protects every Mac and PC in your home from malware, viruses, ransomware, and inappropriate and malicious websites. It uses the same award-winning technology that IT professionals trust to protect their businesses. Best of all, you can manage security settings for the whole family—whether they’re down the hall or across the world.

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If something is free, ask yourself why.... I just looked at their privacy policy which can be found here.

It says:

"What personal data do we collect?

We may collect personal data such as your name, company position, address, telephone number, mobile number, fax number, email address, credit card details, age, IP address, and account usernames."

"Sophos Mobile Security
When an application is downloaded on a device or the user initiates a check of all installed applications on an Android device"

You acknowledge and agree that it may be necessary for us to collect and process certain information relating to individuals in order to provide the Cloud products, and that such information may include proprietary, confidential and/or personal data, including without limitation (i) names, email addresses, telephone numbers and other contact details; (ii) account usernames; (iii) IP addresses; (iv) usage information; (v) lists of all software, files, paths and applications installed on the device, (vi) details of changes or attempted changes to executable files, pathnames and scripts, (vii) logs of websites visited; (viii) infection logs; and (ix) files suspected of being infected with malware.

I could go on. By using this product you're essentially handing over all your private information to Sophos. Sure, they're probably using the data for "good". But are they? Do you trust them? What if the data falls into the wrong hands?

I'm going to pass. It sounds more like spyware than a security product.

"Fully cloud based management of all your devices"


Sounds like the last thing you'd want if your aim is security

BigAde12 h, 6 m ago

It's that rare thing - a successful British IT product (shock!).


They're really not that rare. The British have been producing leading games, software and hardware for decades.

From ARM designed and licensed microchips used in EVERY mobile device (literally the reason you enjoy such power efficient mobile devices today) and Graphics chip companies like Imagination technologies (they provide the graphics chips to iPhones) to innovative video games companies (literally too many to mention that have opened and closed over the decades.

Many aspects of the home computer revolution have their roots in the UK in terms of deign and manufacturing.

Really bugs me when ignorance is passed off as a good excuse to knock this country.
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"Fully cloud based management of all your devices"


Sounds like the last thing you'd want if your aim is security

Used the same antivirus software for years, just installing this to compare and will add to this post during the day

Sophos is a very good product, started using it over 20 years ago in the company I worked for - in those days the updates used to get posted to you monthly on floppy disks. It's that rare thing - a successful British IT product (shock!). The Home product is among the very best in terms of detection and low overhead. Their free Android product is also excellent. They've previously focused mainly on the corporate enterprise market, but are starting to gain recognition in the home market too.

Don't forget the Android version too play.google.com/sto…_GB


And if you have a spare pc to use, you can set up a Sophos only linux home firewall.

Very good product.Hot.

kenwebb19531 h, 51 m ago

Used the same antivirus software for years, just installing this to …Used the same antivirus software for years, just installing this to compare and will add to this post during the day


Would be interested in your results, what are you using at the moment?

Good product

How does it compare to Kaspersky as far as hogging resources?

triobot8 m ago

Don't think people should be using Kaspersky anymore.



Has Putin his fingers in thisun?

been using this on my windows 7 computer and been working fine and never had a virus in 3 years of using it.
I also use Kaspersky for my windows 10 computer just because it was free from my bank.
As for Kaspersky and all this spying CRAP we are being spied on all the time from different companies and most people that use facebook and the likes are giving their information out Free.
My advice if you think you are being spied on is Turn your Phone or Computer OFF and don't use them instead of giving out bad information.

OB11 h, 52 m ago

How does it compare to Kaspersky as far as hogging resources?


Doesn't look like anyone was sharing the information gathered.

Antivirus cures symptoms not the cause. Ditch Windows instead?

If something is free, ask yourself why.... I just looked at their privacy policy which can be found here.

It says:

"What personal data do we collect?

We may collect personal data such as your name, company position, address, telephone number, mobile number, fax number, email address, credit card details, age, IP address, and account usernames."

"Sophos Mobile Security
When an application is downloaded on a device or the user initiates a check of all installed applications on an Android device"

You acknowledge and agree that it may be necessary for us to collect and process certain information relating to individuals in order to provide the Cloud products, and that such information may include proprietary, confidential and/or personal data, including without limitation (i) names, email addresses, telephone numbers and other contact details; (ii) account usernames; (iii) IP addresses; (iv) usage information; (v) lists of all software, files, paths and applications installed on the device, (vi) details of changes or attempted changes to executable files, pathnames and scripts, (vii) logs of websites visited; (viii) infection logs; and (ix) files suspected of being infected with malware.

I could go on. By using this product you're essentially handing over all your private information to Sophos. Sure, they're probably using the data for "good". But are they? Do you trust them? What if the data falls into the wrong hands?

I'm going to pass. It sounds more like spyware than a security product.

crazylegs8 h, 45 m ago

Would be interested in your results, what are you using at the moment?



Avast. Never given me any problems and I've installed it on dozens of computers. I have tried plenty of others out of curiosity, but have always gone back to Avast. Early results from Sophos are encouraging, certainly less heavy on resources. It didn't find any viruses, but did highlight 15 threats not reported by Avast. Most were ones I was aware of, and it gives the option to ignore or remove. Quickly removed the 4 I wasn't aware of. A good result, given that I run other malware software regularly.

Sophos has been free for home use since day 1
very good product by the way, highly recommended.

They also have an amazing firewall which is also free for home use :

sophos.com/en/…spx

BigAde12 h, 6 m ago

It's that rare thing - a successful British IT product (shock!).


They're really not that rare. The British have been producing leading games, software and hardware for decades.

From ARM designed and licensed microchips used in EVERY mobile device (literally the reason you enjoy such power efficient mobile devices today) and Graphics chip companies like Imagination technologies (they provide the graphics chips to iPhones) to innovative video games companies (literally too many to mention that have opened and closed over the decades.

Many aspects of the home computer revolution have their roots in the UK in terms of deign and manufacturing.

Really bugs me when ignorance is passed off as a good excuse to knock this country.

johnthehuman12 h, 24 m ago

"Fully cloud based management of all your devices"Sounds like the last …"Fully cloud based management of all your devices"Sounds like the last thing you'd want if your aim is security


Not all ‘clouds’ are equal however - just because something is cloud doesn’t make it less secure than something on premise.

Get avast free. Best freeware out there

johnthehuman12 h, 52 m ago

"Fully cloud based management of all your devices"Sounds like the last …"Fully cloud based management of all your devices"Sounds like the last thing you'd want if your aim is security

Sounds like? Sounds like a stupid assumption. You should look into what you're talking about before you spread things you imagine "sound" bad.

trd4 h, 53 m ago

Antivirus cures symptoms not the cause. Ditch Windows instead?


Because there's never been a virus or vulnerability on linux based os?
Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 11th Oct

Sophos is a Very good anti-virus program that's why its used within Colleges, NHS and Police it's aimed for enterprise use.

Does this include a firewall?

Avast also collects data. Perhaps more than Sophos.

Currenrly anti anti virus themselves pose a headache. The Kaspersky situation just hammers the nail into that point further as well as why security and privacy are important.

in$anity4 h, 15 m ago

If something is free, ask yourself why.... I just looked at their privacy …If something is free, ask yourself why.... I just looked at their privacy policy which can be found here.It says:"What personal data do we collect?We may collect personal data such as your name, company position, address, telephone number, mobile number, fax number, email address, credit card details, age, IP address, and account usernames.""Sophos Mobile SecurityWhen an application is downloaded on a device or the user initiates a check of all installed applications on an Android device"You acknowledge and agree that it may be necessary for us to collect and process certain information relating to individuals in order to provide the Cloud products, and that such information may include proprietary, confidential and/or personal data, including without limitation (i) names, email addresses, telephone numbers and other contact details; (ii) account usernames; (iii) IP addresses; (iv) usage information; (v) lists of all software, files, paths and applications installed on the device, (vi) details of changes or attempted changes to executable files, pathnames and scripts, (vii) logs of websites visited; (viii) infection logs; and (ix) files suspected of being infected with malware.I could go on. By using this product you're essentially handing over all your private information to Sophos. Sure, they're probably using the data for "good". But are they? Do you trust them? What if the data falls into the wrong hands?I'm going to pass. It sounds more like spyware than a security product.


Ugh please use the above in context.

They say RIGHT AFTER the above paragraph:
If you provide personal data to us, we will collect that information and use it for the purposes for which you have provided it and in accordance with this privacy policy.

They won't just take your data as you are implying! Please be more diligent in the future.

Just want to add to my comment, I found the specific privacy policy rather than a company wide policy which will include all parts such as job applications where details such as your job position would be necessary!

Sophos Home Products
We may directly and remotely communicate with your protected devices for the purposes of, without limitation (i) applying policy and configuration changes to such devices; and (ii) extracting usage information, service performance information, and infection logs.

In order to continuously improve the protection levels in the Sophos Home products, it may be necessary for us to collect and process certain information relating to you and to users connected to your account. You acknowledge and agree that the information we collect may include confidential and/or personal data, including without limitation (i) names and email addresses; (ii) account usernames; (iii) IP addresses; (iv) usage information; (v) details of changes or attempted changes to executable files, pathnames and scripts, (vi) infection logs; and (vii) files suspected of being infected with malware. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of your personal data and will never share this outside Sophos.

You warrant that you have obtained all necessary permissions and provided the necessary notifications to share the above information with us for the purposes described from all users connected to your account.

So they will have:
- Name
- Email addresses
- Usernames
- IP address
- Usage information
- Changes to infected files
- Suspected infected files

I have to use this at work because the IT forced this down our throats and I would not use it on my own machines even if they paid me to.

3 years ago Sophos enterprise falsely identified essential windows files as malware and completely screwed my network. It took three weeks to fully recover and they didn’t give a toss. Google Sophos false positive shows they are still as bad. Up to you but I’d rather nail my scrotum to my workbench than recommend this shower.

Sophos seems to have been rather lacking in testing, and their last appearances in av-comparatives were not inspiring, lagging behind Microsoft!

matth99991 h, 39 m ago

Sophos seems to have been rather lacking in testing, and their last …Sophos seems to have been rather lacking in testing, and their last appearances in av-comparatives were not inspiring, lagging behind Microsoft!


Take all AV testing reports with a pinch of salt. AV-comparatives is a pay to play gig, don't fork over cash and they don't include your product. Additionally they can perform commissioned tests, as in one particular vendor pays to have a test which they may or may not have specifically optimised their application for. There are many other AV tests such as Virus Bulletin and AV-Test which will give very different impressions of the exact same products at the exact same times. In general the tests are run with default application configurations and depending on the specific target market of the software provider some settings may be disabled for specific reasons such as perhaps performance which would otherwise result in a better 'test' score if enabled. I used to do this for a living,
in$anity6 h, 39 m ago

If something is free, ask yourself why.... I just looked at their privacy …If something is free, ask yourself why.... I just looked at their privacy policy which can be found here.It says:"What personal data do we collect?We may collect personal data such as your name, company position, address, telephone number, mobile number, fax number, email address, credit card details, age, IP address, and account usernames.""Sophos Mobile SecurityWhen an application is downloaded on a device or the user initiates a check of all installed applications on an Android device"You acknowledge and agree that it may be necessary for us to collect and process certain information relating to individuals in order to provide the Cloud products, and that such information may include proprietary, confidential and/or personal data, including without limitation (i) names, email addresses, telephone numbers and other contact details; (ii) account usernames; (iii) IP addresses; (iv) usage information; (v) lists of all software, files, paths and applications installed on the device, (vi) details of changes or attempted changes to executable files, pathnames and scripts, (vii) logs of websites visited; (viii) infection logs; and (ix) files suspected of being infected with malware.I could go on. By using this product you're essentially handing over all your private information to Sophos. Sure, they're probably using the data for "good". But are they? Do you trust them? What if the data falls into the wrong hands?I'm going to pass. It sounds more like spyware than a security product.


Seriously? If you sign up to any service they will gather that type of information as a minimum. You have an account here. so they have your e-mail and IP address as well as lots of information about what products/services you're interested in... Also how exactly do you think that any AV software scans for malware? Everything on you device is accessible to it.

triobot15 h, 43 m ago

Don't think people should be using Kaspersky anymore.


I'd love to hear a recording of that phone call...

"How do we know the Russians are having into your systems...er....er...er......I have to go now.."

trd11 h, 44 m ago

Antivirus cures symptoms not the cause. Ditch Windows instead?

Mac OS malware attacks up by over 700%. I know it's still a smaller proportion and Linux will be even smaller again, but it's not just the OS that's to blame since malware designers usually target for biggest impact. Essentially, the cause is usually the user anyway.

Walgeon8 h, 10 m ago

Sounds like? Sounds like a stupid assumption. You should look into what …Sounds like? Sounds like a stupid assumption. You should look into what you're talking about before you spread things you imagine "sound" bad.


Being able to 'remotely manage' all your devices is more like an exploitable bug than a feature.

triobot18 h, 12 m ago

Don't think people should be using Kaspersky anymore.

Why, it's the best and the west uses propaganda against Russia,China etc as much as Russia uses it against US, Europe etc.
If it's the best "anything" I would use it,regardless of originating country

The first thing I thought was why is this free! It's definitely to collect personal data. Avoid.

Superficial10 h, 11 m ago

They're really not that rare. The British have been producing leading …They're really not that rare. The British have been producing leading games, software and hardware for decades.From ARM designed and licensed microchips used in EVERY mobile device (literally the reason you enjoy such power efficient mobile devices today) and Graphics chip companies like Imagination technologies (they provide the graphics chips to iPhones) to innovative video games companies (literally too many to mention that have opened and closed over the decades.Many aspects of the home computer revolution have their roots in the UK in terms of deign and manufacturing.Really bugs me when ignorance is passed off as a good excuse to knock this country.


Ok, so perhaps I should have put British owned.
But how many of those innovations are still in British hands? Not many.

We have a fine pedigree in innovation, but poor record of successfully managing, funding and exploiting that advantage.
After 25 years in the industry, I can assure you I am anything but ignorant and I am certainly not knocking the country.
In fact I was praising the product (and the company) for being what it is.

Great deal have some heat, been out for quite sometime though! I thought this was common knowledge!

Grevious7 h, 49 m ago

3 years ago Sophos enterprise falsely identified essential windows files …3 years ago Sophos enterprise falsely identified essential windows files as malware and completely screwed my network. It took three weeks to fully recover and they didn’t give a toss. Google Sophos false positive shows they are still as bad. Up to you but I’d rather nail my scrotum to my workbench than recommend this shower.


Yes, but I can't think of a single AV solution I've worked with over the years that hasn't released the odd bad definition update.
I can certainly recall several episodes where Symantec have done just that with similar consequences. The AV companies are really caught between a rock and a hard place... on the one hand they are under pressure to release signatures/definitions to detect the latest threats in a timely manner... that means that they often only have a few hours to test and approve the release of the definition. The amount of testing you can realistically carry out in that timeframe is limited. For the most part they do a pretty good job and are usually very quick at correcting a dodgy definition.

I thought self promotion is not allowed in this forum and by the sound of few post it seems few Sophos employees are promoting/posting here. Is this allowed? At least, ethically, they should declare that they work for Sophos.
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