Give the gift of Sophos Home for the holidays

Soph HomeIt may not fit neatly under a tree but, when family are all gathered around this holiday season, and inevitably someone mentions the way their computer has been “acting weird” lately, you’ll be able to give a gift that keeps on giving: Sophos Home.

And unlike so many other items on your shopping list, the price for this gift is unbeatable: Sophos Home is completely free.
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How to ensure you’re not part of the next botnet

The Internet of Things (IoT) holds a great deal of promise to make everyday devices much easier to use, control, program, and access remotely. From “smart” home thermostats and refrigerators to lights and automobiles, there’s remarkable potential to make our lives easier — but there’s also untold risk that these devices can bring to our day to day lives. Since so many IoT devices are (by their nature) connected to the internet, if they’re not properly secured, they can be easily hijacked by attackers.

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Join our webcast: Stop the Exploit. Stop the Attack.

WebcastWe know ransomware is one of the biggest threats facing organizations today but the security industry has traditionally struggled to keep up with this sophisticated, ever-changing attack. Until now.

Deploying a range of innovative next-gen technologies to block all kinds of advanced attacks, Sophos Intercept X is designed to stop ransomware in its tracks. It gives you comprehensive protection from rootkits, zero-day vulnerabilities, malicious traffic, and everything in-between.

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Staying secure against ransomware

RansomwareRansomware has the potential to cause massive disruption to an organization’s productivity. So it’s vital to understand how to build the best possible defense against it.

The producers of ransomware aren’t just idly waiting for their bit of malware to hit its target. They work in professional teams, constantly updating and enhancing new variants of ransomware – and if you’re caught, the consequences can be severe.

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How Sophos helps our own employees to stay safe

sophos-shieldSophos is the same as any other business – we need to keep our employees (and the company) safe, while at the same time we need to give people the freedom to do their jobs.

Our employees want to be helpful, perform well, and give good support to their co-workers, clients and customers. But good nature is exploitable and it’s those easy-to-exploit characteristics that social engineers seek to tap into.

As an attacker, it’s usually easier to try and push past a human than to try and push past a machine. Unless we understand the tactics and techniques of cybercriminals, people may well fall prey to attacks and put the company at risk at the same time.

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What is…an exploit?

shutterstock_189045062Most cyberattacks involve criminals exploiting some sort of security weakness.

That weakness could be down to a poorly chosen password, a user who falls for a fake login link, or an attachment that someone opened without thinking.

However, in the field of computer security, the word exploit has a specific meaning: an exploit is a way of abusing a software bug to bypass one or more security protections that are in place.

Software bugs that can be exploited in this way are known as vulnerabilities, for obvious reasons, and can take many forms.

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6 ways Sophos Home can keep your kids safe this school year!

Sophos HomeIn many parts of the world right now we are right in the middle of back-to-school season. Kids are getting excited to see their friends again and head back to the classroom, and are preparing for the best possible experience in school this year.

But what about at home? With so much of a child’s social life, homework and playtime happening online nowadays, you want to make sure their experience on the internet is as safe and fun as possible.

We have a number of tips that your kids can use to be safer online and on social media. But no matter how careful or internet-savvy your kids might be, criminals are always coming up with new ways to cause problems and find their way into your home computers.

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