Sophos joins free home AV crowd with Mac release
Business-focused firm takes first step into home-user arena.
Sophos has announced the release of a home-user edition of its Mac anti-malware solution, which is being given
away free to anyone who wants to use it.
Unprotected users of Apple's Macintosh range of computers (reckoned by many to constitute the majority of users at
the moment), look set to decline in number as Sophos adds its weight to the selection of solutions currently
available, many of which are provided by Mac specialists. Most of the major security vendors produce paid-for
Mac products, which mainly target business users. Home users have a few
free Mac security products to choose from already, notably PC Tools' iAntiVirus and several solutions based on the
open-source ClamAV detection technology.
The release of the Sophos product marks something of a departure for the firm, which until now has operated only in the
corporate sphere, selling its products to businesses. In most cases, the employees of its corporate customers are permitted to use
Sophos products at home, and there has been much speculation over the years that Sophos would one day follow
the likes of Avast, AVG, Avira, and more recently Microsoft, in giving away its products
to home users. While not exactly inexpensive to set up and maintain, such schemes have been shown to provide companies with excellent
insight into the latest threats hitting users around the world, as well as improving brand visibility.
Mac users can access the free product
here, with a company blog entry on the
release here and an open forum for support
issues and other questions here.
More comment on the release and its implications can be found in TheRegister
avast, avg, avira, corporate, free av, mac, online banking, sophos.
Posted on 02 November 2010 by Virus Bulletin.
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