If you want to help stop cybercrime and protect yourself from malware threats at the same time, today is a perfect day to do it: Halloween, which we’re also calling Kill a Zombie Day.
We’re not talking about the kind of zombie you see in classic movies like Dawn of the Dead and countless others. No, these zombies are malicious programs that take control of your computer and turn it into an undead walker in the army of a cybercriminal.
The first step in killing a zombie is finding out if your computer is infected with malware or viruses. You can do that by downloading our free Virus Removal Tool and running it.
The tool will automatically grab the latest virus detection identities from Sophos and scan your computer’s memory and hard disk for malware. If you do find any zombies, the Virus Removal Tool will clean them up for you, too.
Dropbox usernames and passwords were leaked online this week. It’s the latest in a string of recent data breaches involving compromises of third-party websites that take advantage of password re-use to get at users’ accounts on multiple services.
In 2014 alone, millions have had their private information and passwords compromised, leading to what some are calling data breach “fatigue.”
Dropbox was quick to respond, denying a breach on their end while urging their users to enable tighter password security measures.
Sophos was among the select companies that Forrester Research, Inc. invited to participate in its report, The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobile Management, Q3 2014. In this evaluation, we were cited as a leader in enterprise mobile management (EMM).
Each of the vendor products evaluated, including our EMM product Sophos Mobile Control, has a large install base, more than $10 million in revenue in 2013, and significant enterprise interest.
Sophos Mobile Control (SMC) received the highest possible rating in the categories of Architecture and scale; Email and directory support; Employee experience; Support; Training; and Partners. Sophos earned the top ranking among all evaluated vendors in Employee experience.
Shellshock, a serious vulnerability affecting Linux, UNIX and OS X computers, is making life difficult for IT admins, as vendors rush out patches to stay ahead of the cybercriminals trying to exploit this bug.
Like the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL, Shellshock has a nasty-sounding name, far-reaching impact, and major consequences for security. Yet Shellshock is worse than Heartbleed in one important way — it could allow an attacker to take complete control of vulnerable machines.
If you’re looking for a little tutorial on Shellshock, we’ve created a simple infographic to explain the bug, how an attacker might exploit it, and what you can do to stay safe.
European businesses are not prepared to meet regulatory requirements outlined in the EU Data Protection Regulation, due to be enacted by the EU parliament in 2015. That’s the story told by a survey of 1,500 office workers in the UK, France and Germany, conducted by Sophos.
Although a large majority of poll respondents (84%) agree that stricter data protection requirements are needed, most lack confidence that their employers are compliant (77%), and many do not know what type of data protection their companies currently have in place.
During a roundtable discussion about the survey, our security experts talked about the current state of data protection and how the new requirements might impact businesses.
Performance tests conducted by the independent testing firm Tolly show that Sophos SafeGuard Encryption is the fastest solution for disk encryption, with the lowest impact on performance for boot-up and in sleep/hibernate/wake tests.
The Tolly test was conducted in June 2014 on laptops running Windows 7 Enterprise. The results, which compared SafeGuard Encryption against products from Check Point, Symantec, and McAfee, show Sophos with a superior performance across all tests.
Sophos Free Antivirus and Security, our Android security app, gets positive reviews once again from AV-Comparatives.
The AV-Comparatives Mobile Security Review looks at 22 mobile security apps, evaluating them for feature set, malware detection, battery life, and more.
Some of the features AV-Comparatives liked in our app include the user-friendly Privacy Advisor and well-designed Spam Protection.