Check out this infographic showing the history of mobile threats, 2004-2015

mobilecontrol5It’s been about a decade since we began seeing threats to mobile devices, and a lot has changed in the intervening years. The brief history of mobile threats goes back to 2004 when the first mobile virus appeared, called Cabir, attacking Symbian phones.

In case you thought Apple iOS devices were immune, jailbroken iPhones are ripe targets for viruses and worms like the ones that showed up in 2009 called Ikee and Duh.

Since about 2010, Android malware has dominated the mobile threat scene, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that Android represents more than 80% of the global smartphone market. So far, SophosLabs has seen 1.5 million samples of Android malware – a much smaller number than Windows threats, but the growth rate is accelerating rapidly.

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Watch this video to understand the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation

eu-data-protection-150Are you aware of the upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation and what it means for your business?

The EU is getting tougher on the need to secure personally identifiable information, and the upcoming legislation will introduce fines of up to €100 million for personal data breaches.

The good news is that you can mitigate the risks. Encryption, which keeps data secure even if it gets lost or stolen, should very greatly reduce the likelihood of fines even if a breach does occur.

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Which countries top the new Dirty Dozen spam list?

spamp-2015-q1-150SophosLabs tracks huge volumes of spam from around the world, and once in a while we pause to take a look at the countries sending the most spam  – we call it our Dirty Dozen Spampionship.

In the results for the most recent quarter (January, February and March 2015), we found that the biggest spam-relaying country in the world is the United States, once again. Vietnam has climbed to number two, followed by Ukraine, Russia, South Korea, and China rounding out the top six.

Check out the rest of the list and you see some familiar places and some countries that come and go from the Dirty Dozen:

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Why choose Sophos Endpoint Protection? Flexible deployment

Sophos Cloud EndpointSophos makes enterprise-grade security that works for small and mid-sized businesses. Providing sophisticated protection with simple management, Sophos Endpoint Protection is ideal for under-resourced organizations.

Sophos Endpoint Protection also offers flexibility. You choose management in the cloud, or on premise—whichever best suits your business.

Here are a few of examples demonstrating how real Sophos customers benefit from either choice.

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5 great new things in Sophos Mobile Control 5

SMC 5Today we’re announcing the availability of Sophos Mobile Control 5, which redefines how organizations secure mobile devices by focusing on users and the way they work.

By securing devices, content, and applications with a user-centric approach, Sophos Mobile Control 5 (SMC 5) makes compliance with corporate security policy simple for both administrator and end users across iOS 8, Windows Phone and Android platforms.

To get you acquainted with what’s new, here are 5 great things about SMC 5.

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Why choose Sophos Endpoint Protection? User-based licensing

5 reasons to choose Sophos Endpoint ProtectionMore and more people are using multiple devices — a laptop for the office, a tablet for customer visits and a smartphone for everything in between.

Our per-user licensing for Sophos Endpoint Protection is affordable and simple to administer. You can protect all your users’ Windows, Mac and mobile devices together. And users can add devices without adding to your security overhead.

Recently we conducted a survey of IT managers to find out how they’re handling the growing challenge of device diversity across their organizations.

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World Backup Day – why backups are so important, and some data protection tips for businesses

World Backup DayEvery day businesses are creating and accumulating data they need to protect from loss. Of course it’s absolutely vital to prevent data from getting out of your organization – but are you sure you can get it back if you do lose it?

The growing threat of ransomware like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall in the past couple of years has underscored the importance of backups, but it’s not only malware that can destroy your important files. There are many ways to lose data, from theft or accidental loss of a device to device failures and natural disasters.

Backups are critical for keeping your business up and running when a data disaster strikes. So, in recognition of these stark facts, and with a nod to World Backup Day, we’re providing some helpful tips on how to preserve and protect your data.

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