When it comes to antivirus software, the ideal would be 100 percent protection. Anything less than that is a compromise you may not be willing to accept. Sophos earned a score of five out of six from AV-TEST, an antivirus testing lab, which may seem high, but good isn't always good enough, especially when you're trying to block malware that can steal your information and corrupt your business files.
Sophos scored low in performance, earning 4.5 out of six. The performance score is based on how the software affects your computer's speed. In today's world, even a few seconds is a noticeable resource drain, and Sophos' software can negatively impact your device's performance.
Outside of its protection and performance scores, the software has many useful functions and is easy to use. In our tests, installation took only minutes and was seamless, and configuring the management dashboard was quick and simple.
In your business, you may or may not have dedicated IT resources, which, if that's the case, means you don't want to purchase antivirus software that is complicated to install and manage. Sophos Endpoint Protection has all the major management features to make hosting the software low stress. You can choose to host on-premise with your own computer resources like servers, or you can host the software in the cloud, which is a virtual environment that doesn't need advanced IT maintenance.
From the management console you can set security policies, run reports and see real-time network activity. The graphics in the centralized management portal make it easy for someone with a busy schedule to quickly and efficiently grasp your business's security standing.
Endpoint Protection also offers a host of help-and-support features. Again, if you don't have an IT technician on hand, being able to call and speak to tech support or send them a quick email is very helpful. The software can also run on major platforms, so no matter what your business is using, be it Windows, Mac or Linux, you'll have protection.
The software also has the most important security features, including internet protection to block hazardous websites and filter content by category, email protection to block spam, and remote device detection to scan removable media that's plugged into your network.
Sophos Endpoint Protection may not be the best antivirus software for your small business, but you can compare it to other software we reviewed and see which elements are most important for your business.
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