Based in Burlington, Massachusetts, Sophos is a company that produces antivirus and encryption products to protect your computers, mobile devices and servers. The company has been in operation for nearly 30 years. It products are used by 100 million people in 150 countries across the globe. An enviable list of the who’s who of businesses have used Sophos products. These companies include Pixar, Under Armor, Xerox, Ford, Avis, Toshiba, Northop Grumman, and more. The company, however, is not accredited with the Better Business Bureau and has no BBB rating. Still, the company has received favorable reviews from customers and from other third-parties. Sophos also has North American offices in Santa Clara, California, and in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company also maintains support offices in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and the Philippines.
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The Good

Sophos provides a lot of great features to help protect your computer. They will scan your computer for harmful intruders at your convenience. There’s no need to worry about interruptions while you’re busy working on your computer.

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Sophos provides protection not just for your desktop Mac computer but also for mobile devices and for servers on a network. It also protects branch offices and remote users connected with a VPN, as well as email, web and Wi-Fi users. This all-purpose protection is perfect for businesses.

Sophos has strong across-the-board protection that you won’t find everywhere. With its software you’ll have powerful antivirus protection, harmful website filtering and built-in malware scanning. Sophos software also comes equipped with Live Protection, which will give the user detailed information about threats to your device.

You’ll also like the encryption and data protection features that come with Sophos solutions. Ideal for businesses that have massive amounts of sensitive data, Sophos can protect data from loss, theft or corruption. The software has a single sign-on feature, along with the ability to manage encryption with your endpoint console.

Businesses will also have peace of mind knowing their employees’ devices will be safe from attackers. The software has a secure web gateway component that guards users from threats on the Internet, regardless of whether they are in the office or away from work. The software scans for malicious code, blocks unwanted content on the web, provides web protection at the gateway, filters encrypted HTTPS traffic and blocks proxy abuse.

As email has become such a widespread medium to communicate, Sophos recognizes the importance of protecting it. Sophos will protect email by blocking spam, phishing attacks, viruses, confidential information, as well as help prevent data loss.

No matter your operating system, Sophos has a solution for you. It has firewall, antivirus, patching and updating protection for Macs, Linux and UNIX.

With all of these features, it’s nice to know that it is all easily installed and managed from a central point. Administrators can manage the systems from one console. There is also a self-help portal and 24/7 technical support available to assist with questions and concerns.

The Bad

The user interface is not very intuitive and might take a customer some getting used to.
Sophos might be more geared for businesses than for individuals, though there is also a home edition of the software. The variation in price doesn’t doesn’t give a firm understanding of the products and their cost value.

The Bottom Line

Sophos provides an antivirus program that is geared towards business owners but can also be useful for consumers as well. From your basic antivirus and malware protection, to data loss protection and security, Sophos has a full range of offerings that will please anyone or any company. Sophos is a top recommended company, particularly for your business needs.


Customized. Potential clients must ask for quotes.

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Free Trial Offer

Customers may opt for a free trial for 30 days.

Mobile Protection

Mobile protection is available. Ability to manage countless devices with one solution. There are several options for mobile protection. These include:

  • Mobile Content Management
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Application Management
  • Mobile Email Management


  • Firewall
  • Parental controls
  • Web filtering
  • Malicious URL protection
  • Antivirus/anti-malware scanning
  • No social network protection
  • Email protection
  • Data shredder: N/A


An AV Test for Sophos shows that the software detected 96.6 of malware.

Tune-up and speed

The scans will improve your device’s speed and free up needed memory.

Time in Business

Since 1985.


No rating; not accredited.


Main office is in Burlington, Mass. But has offices across the world in Europe and the Middle East.

Customer Service

Excellent customer service. Help is available 24/7, 365 days a year by phone. Email and chat are also options.

System Requirements


  • Mac with Intel
  • 450 MB of memory
  • 450 MB of disc space
  • Supports all Mac hardware


  • Windows x86-32 bit
  • Windowsx64-64 bit


  • Disk space: Minimum 1 GB
  • Memory: Minimum 1GB


  • Disk space: Minimum 1GB
  • Memory: 512 MB

Operating Systems Supported


  • 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9


  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Windows Vista


  • CentOS 5.8+, CentOS 6.2+ , CentOS 7 (SAV 9.7.0 onwards)
  • Oracle Linux 5.8+, Oracle Linux 6.2+ , Oracle Linux 7+ (SAV 9.7.0 onwards)


  • Solaris 10/11 on Intel and SPARC
  • HP-UX 11.23/11.31 on Itanium 2
  • AIX 6.1/7.1 on PowerPC*

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