Sophos Offers Free Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac

World’s first free business-strength security solution for Macs

MUMBAI / BANGALORE, India – November 3, 2010 – IT security and control firm Sophos has today announced the availability of a free Mac anti-virus product for home users.  Based on Sophos’s flagship security software, which protects over 100 million business users worldwide, Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac is available for consumers to download at no charge. Visit http://sophos.com/freemacav to download.

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac provides automatic detection against existing and new threats for Mac OS X.  The free software also incorporates strong disinfection capabilities, capable of removing malware infections that may already be present on the Mac computer.

Although malware is more common on Windows than it is on Macs, there is a growing concern that, as Mac OS X market-share continues to grow, the operating system will become a more attractive target for cybercriminals.

While most businesses recognise the importance of protecting their Mac computers from malware threats, most home users do not,” said Chris KraftProduct Management – Vice President at Sophos.  “By offering free industrial-strength security to home users, we aim to protect Mac users against today’s and tomorrow’s Mac threats.  Everyone knows that Macs are beautiful computers – Sophos wants to lend a hand to keep them that way.”

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition provides automatic on-access detection, running in the background – meaning Mac users are constantly protected against Windows and Mac viruses, worms, spyware and Trojans.

Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac detects both Mac and Windows malware, and is backed by SophosLabs, Sophos’s global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware – viruses, Trojans, spyware and rootkits. SophosLabs ensures that Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition can even proactively stop brand new unseen threats before they can install on your Mac.

Sophos has also launched a dedicated Mac support forum to allow users to interact with others in their community and get any questions answered about the product or Mac security. :  http://openforum.sophos.com/MacAv

To learn more about product features and download, visit  http://sophos.com/freemacav

Technical Specifications

– Mac with Intel or PowerPC processor

– 256 MB of memory

– 150 MB of available disk space

– Mac with OSX 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

– Supports All Apple Mac hardware including iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air

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About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use, and that deliver the industry’s lowest TCO. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs—a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK and Boston, US. More information is available at www.sophos.com

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