This article answers most frequently asked questions about Sophos Home.
What is Sophos Home?
Sophos has long been a leader in securing some of the most-recognizable businesses around the world. Now we’re bringing the powerful, business-grade security that IT professional trust to your home PCs and Macs. Sophos Home takes security beyond old-school antivirus to deliver advanced, real-time protection from the latest ransomware, malicious software, and hacking attempts – all forms of developing cybercrime! Plus, it’s incredibly easy-to-use, whether you’re simply securing your own laptop or managing the security of multiple devices in the rest of the house or around the world.
What is the difference between the Free and Premium versions?
Sophos Home Free includes always-on antivirus, parental web filtering, and remote management of up to three devices. Sophos Home Premium goes far beyond traditional antivirus to deliver advanced, real-time protection from the latest ransomware, malicious software, hacking attempts, and more – for up to 10 devices. You can see the complete breakdown here.
What kind of security measures does Sophos Home utilize?
Sophos Home uses a combination of signature-based and behavioral (signature-less) based detection. Signature-based detection allows Sophos Home to easily find and stop known malware. Behavior-based detection adds the ability to discover and remove brand new, never-before-seen, “zero-day” malware. Sophos Home utilizes a global database to prevent users from going to phishing sites in addition to scanning website code for compromised websites infected by hackers. Sophos also monitors your programs and apps, stopping those that act maliciously, and allowing the user to remove them.
Can I use Sophos Home with my other security or antivirus software?
Sophos Home can work alongside your current antivirus software. However, some features provided by other antivirus software will be redundant and you might find your computer running more efficiently if you uninstall your previous antivirus and only run Sophos Home. If you need help uninstalling your exiting antivirus software, it is best to check the manufacturer’s website for the most up-to-date instructions for your particular product.
How many computers can I add to my Sophos Home account?
You can protect up to 10 computers for Sophos Home premium account. The free version can be installed up to 3 computers only. If you have reached the limit and want to protect another computer, you must first remove an existing computer from the dashboard or purchase another Sophos Home Premium license using a different email address. The two accounts cannot be combined and must be managed separately.
I have purchased multiple licenses. Can I managed them into a single account?
No. Different licenses cannot be merged into one account. There can only be one license in a single account.
I have small business with just a few computers, can I install Sophos Home on those computers?
Sophos Home is intended for private, personal, and non-commercial use only. If you would like to use Sophos in a business, commercial, or government organization, we recommend you try Sophos Central for free here.
I moved to another country, will my Sophos Home still work?
Yes. Sophos Home updates anywhere. You can also manage the security settings anytime and anywhere through a dashboard that is accessible online.
Can I install Sophos Home on my mobile devices?
No. Currently, mobile devices are not supported yet. For supported platforms, refer to system requirements for installing Sophos Home.
Can I install Sophos Home on Linux?
No. Sophos Home supports Mac and Windows devices. For supported platforms, kindly refer to system requirements for installing Sophos Home.
What happens if I install Sophos Home Premium on more than 10 computers?
The Add Device button becomes disabled if the 10-device limit has been reached. If you have reached the limit and want to add another computer, please first remove an existing computer from your dashboard or purchase an additional license of Sophos Home.
Who do I contact for support?
Sophos Home Premium users have access to professional support agents from Monday to Friday, 8AM to 8PM Eastern UTC -5, via a chat window on the Sophos Home Dashboard or via the Sophos Home Support Page. Premium users can also get email support via the same professional support agents. Free and Premium users always have 24/7 access to the Sophos Home Support Knowledgebase.