Sophos Mobile Security for Android version 4.0 is coming – Sign up for the beta to win a prize!

sophos-free-antivirus-mobile-security-androidWe’re excited to announce that Sophos Mobile Security version 4.0 is coming soon. This major release of our free antivirus app for Android smartphones and tablets is almost ready for beta testing and we’d like your help.

Sign up for our beta program today and we’ll notify you by email when the beta is available. And here’s the best part — if you sign up for the beta before 30th September, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $25 Google Play gift card!

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Sophos Mobile Control 4.0 wins 5 Star rating from SC Magazine

Sophos Mobile Control wins 5 Star rating from SC MagazineSophos Mobile Control version 4.0 has earned a 5 Star rating from SC Magazine, the highest level possible. Sophos Mobile Control, our enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, makes it easy for organizations to manage all their devices, and the content and applications on them.

SC Magazine’s July 2014 review calls Sophos Mobile Control 4.0 (SMC) a “solid, quality enterprise-capable product,” and notes that SMC is “easy to deploy and manage with a vast set of features.”

This award shouldn’t be too surprising — SMC version 3.5 also received five stars from SC Magazine. And we’ve been recognized as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management.

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On that mega ‘Russian hack’ – Keep calm, and do security right

keep-calm-and-do-security-rightThe news this week about a Russian cyber gang amassing 1.2 billion user credentials including emails and passwords has created a bit of a frenzy — in the media, in the security community, and among average users, all of whom are wondering what the heck really happened.

Sadly, the security firm behind the revelations, Hold Security, seems to be milking the publicity for financial gain by offering breach notification services to businesses starting at $120 per year.

Our security experts have been parsing the story, and have poked some holes in it.

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5 reasons to make your next firewall a Sophos firewall

sophos_5_reasons_to_switchWhen we surveyed IT professionals recently about how old their firewall is, 51% of them said three or more years.

If you’re one of them, you’re probably missing out on the latest functionality — from advanced threat protection, app control and branch office VPN, to mobile NAC, email and endpoint protection.

There are many reasons why you should consider Sophos for your next firewall — here are five of them.

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Sharing anti-selfies and our expert view from Black Hat USA 2014

BlackHat Conf Face MaskWe’re at Black Hat USA 2014 in Las Vegas this week, where a bunch of smart people who are good at breaking, um, hacking stuff, take center stage to share their security research. It’s a great opportunity to learn, share, mix and mingle.

If you’re at Black Hat, you’ll definitely want to stop by Booth #559, where you can chat face-to-face with our security pros. If you’re feeling a little mischievous, or shy, print out one of our cheeky “anti-selfie” masks for some privacy.

Get your anti-selfie mask, tweet a photo of yourself with your mask using the hashtag #BHantiselfie, and get a chance to win a cool t-shirt.

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Cyber Security Challenge UK competition seeks sleuths to crack encrypted hard drive

Cyber-Security-Challeng-UKSophos is calling on members of the UK public to turn cyber sleuth as part of a competition sponsored with Cyber Security Challenge UKAssignment Flag Drive is the second competition in the 2014/15 series of online and face-to-face cyber battles aimed at uncovering the best amateur security talent.

This latest competition sees the introduction of a new (although entirely fictional) nemesis – The Flag Day Associates. Interested amateur security sleuths in the UK can sign up before 15th August for the Assignment Flag Day competition.

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Sophos on ABC World News: Free Wi-Fi networks have security risks (Video)

wifiWireless networks are everywhere, but they aren’t always secure. In New York City, where millions of people connect to free but insecure Wi-Fi hotspots every day, it’s the same story.

Chester Wisniewski, Sophos senior security adviser, explains just how easy it would be for hackers to take advantage of unsuspecting people, in a segment that appeared Monday night on ABC World News.

Watch the video below or on the ABC World News website to see the full interview with Chet.

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Spam-Bot Invaders: Which countries send the most spam? (Infographic)

Spam-Bot-Invaders-150Recently we measured spam volume from around the world to find out which countries are the worst spam offenders. As we expected, the United States sends out way more spam than any other country — 24.2% of all spam was from the U.S.

When you consider the country’s huge online population, it’s not surprising that the U.S. sends so much spam. Spam comes from “bots” — computers infected with malware and under the control of a criminal. “Bot masters” can use servers anywhere in the world to give the bots instructions. So spam-bots in the countries on our list aren’t the authors of the spam, they are more like the messengers.

While it’s interesting to call out the 12 “dirty dozen” countries that send the most spam by volume, we also like to look at the amount of spam by population. It’s a diverse list of nations, and even small countries have a big spam problem.

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Sophos Sysmas grand prize: And the Ultimate IT Throne goes to …

sophos-sysmas-throneIn celebration of SysAdmin Day, we built the Ultimate IT Throne to present to one lucky winner of our #SophosSysmas contest. On Friday, I had the pleasure of delivering the coveted prize to the new King of IT — Morgan Jones, Systems Administrator at STARA Technologies Inc., in Gilbert, Arizona.

Morgan looked pretty surprised when we showed up at his office to present him with the IT Throne, and he operated it like a natural (especially the automatic Nerf cannons).

We shot a cool video showing the creative effort behind the building of the IT Throne.

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Sophos UTM is faster than Fortinet, Dell SonicWALL and WatchGuard: The test results that prove it

UTM-9.2-Accelerated-faster-performanceEarlier this year we launched a new series of network security appliances and we told you they were much faster; boasting new faster CPUs, lightening quick SSD drives for instance. Now we’ve got the test results that prove it.

Independent test vendor Miercom has done rigorous testing of the Sophos SG Series alongside comparative appliances from other vendors. We shared some data points from Miercom earlier this year which looked very good indeed. Now Miercom has made available more results – and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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