“Sophos Home” or How to protect all computers in your home for FREE

After releasing couple of individual security solutions for Android, Linux, Windows and Mac devices – Sophos continues with their practice to provide toolsOpens in a new tab. that help you to additionally harden IT security in the home. Their latest security product which has recently been released is “Sophos HomeOpens in a new tab.” – it is free commercial-grade security for the home. It protects you from malicious software, inappropriate websites and viruses. It is a light version of Sophos Home Premium editionOpens in a new tab.. And best of all, you don’t need a dedicated device and it is free!

This product is built to protect up to 10 devices, either they are Windows or Mac devices. Protecting other devices like Android or Linux is not confirmed yet. Since this product is currently in BETA, I assume we could expect that in near future. Meanwhile, you may consider using their individual products I’ve mentioned before.

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How does Sophos Home work?

Actually, you don’t need to be an IT expert to start using Sophos Home. Right after the registrationOpens in a new tab., you are given an access to a simple web-based dashboard where you can add your own computer, for the beginning.

Sophos Home Dashboard

For the rest of the home devices you just need to pass on the link with the installer either through email or any kind of IM message: Skype, Facebook, Viber, etc.

After you setup all the devices you want to protect, refresh the Dashboard and you should see them all. For each device you may turn ON or OFF the four crucial components of the protection:

  • Automatic Virus Protection
  • Potentially Unwanted Application detection
  • Web Protection
  • Web Category Access

For each of these components, you can configure exceptions what “not to be” protected or scanned (such as skipping local folder, application, certain websites or similar). General recommendation is all four security components to be always ON, so you can monitor all security components for all devices through the Dashboard.

Sophos Home – Pros and Cons

Another good thing is that you can initiate “SCAN” action for each device within the Dashboard – if the device is not currently online, the very next time it appears online, a “scan” action will be issued.

If something goes wrong on some of the devices, you will see a color-coded alert depending on the severity: green = informational, orange = medium severity and red = important events. You need to pay extra attention to events marked with red color or marked as “threat”.

Sophos Home Dashboard populated
photo credit: Sophos

The negative side is that you can’t actually specify what exactly to be blocked. For example, if you want to specify only Facebook to be blocked – this can’t be done at this moment in Sophos Home.

Sophos Home Web Category Access

Future improvements?

Generally speaking, Sophos did a great job with Sophos Home – it is a step forward in improving security and consolidating all home devices into single Dashboard which gives you the devices security status at a glance. Hopefully, user reviews (like this one) will give them directions how to further develop and improve their product. Thumbs up, Sophos!

Milan Mihajlov

Milan is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in Software Testing, IT Support and System Engineering. With a keen interest in AI, Smart Home technology, and useful software utilities, Milan brings a unique perspective to the ever-evolving world of technology. Through his expertise and passion, he aims to share insights and help readers navigate the complexities of modern tech seamlessly. Follow me for the latest trends, tips, and innovations in the digital landscape.

One thought on ““Sophos Home” or How to protect all computers in your home for FREE

  1. Hey Milan,

    Great post on protecting your computer with Sophos. I was unaware of this program until I checked out your site. It’s nice that their license is free. With this, its easy to avoid reformatting your computer every time it starts to slow down or get bloated. Thanks for the enhanced security tip.

    Hope to visit your site for more updates.


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