AV-Test results show Sophos beats Kaspersky, Trend, McAfee and Symantec in stopping Mac malware

Sophos Antivirus for MacFor the first time, AV-Test has released test results comparing malware protection for Macs among 18 major security vendors.

The results show a wide disparity in protection against Mac OS X malware. Sophos came out near the top with a 96.6% detection rate.

Our Mac protection was better than Kaspersky, Trend Micro, Symantec and McAfee. You can see the full results at the AV-Test website. AV-Comparatives tests also show Sophos protects Macs better — and we won’t slow Macs down either.

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Sophos Mobile Security for Android version 4.0 is coming – Sign up for the beta!

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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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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What the security industry can learn from a great World Cup defense

world-cupLast week, I joined millions of people in cheering on Costa Rica during their improbable World Cup quarterfinal match against the Netherlands. Remarkably, the Ticos held a superior Netherlands team scoreless through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.

The key to their defense was a level of coordination I have not seen from other teams. Throughout the match, every player seemed to be involved in the defense at every moment. They moved like clockwork, communicating and shifting positions to keep the ball out of the goal.

Wouldn’t it be great if security technologies worked together as elegantly and effectively as Costa Rica’s defense?

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Windows XP retirement: reminder, Java support has also now ended

xp-retirementWe may yet be accused of “going on” about the recent retirement of XP, but we feel justified in doing so as any systems you have that are still running XP will become more vulnerable over time.

Last week we saw a reminder that Oracle will not be issuing an update to Java on XP on the 15th July when it releases its regular update.

When we asked SophosLabs what they thought about Java on XP and the change in support status, they said that Java had been hard work even for supported operating systems – and so with no support for Java on XP there was no prospect of it getting any better.

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Life after TrueCrypt: 5 tips for better data security

truecrypt-replacementTrueCrypt is gone. The developers of the popular and free disk-encryption software suddenly announced that it was no longer secure, and advised users to migrate to another solution. What happened?

In truth, we don’t really know why TrueCrypt shut down. Some are attempting to revive it. But the fact remains — it’s time for TrueCrypt users to move on.

We’ve got simple tips to help you.

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