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Sophos Stops Viruses on Mac OS X

  • 24 June, 2004 09:28

<p>Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses from spam and viruses, has announced the release of an updated version of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X, a product designed to protect computers running Macintosh operating system 10.2 and above from all known viruses.</p>
<p>Ideal for multi-national organisations, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X is available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. It allows users to perform on-demand scanning of files and folders and its on-access scanner safeguards computers by detecting and disinfecting both Macintosh and non-Macintosh viruses. Any file that is found to be infected will not be allowed to run, ensuring the computer remains virus-free.</p>
<p>Keeping anti-virus protection updated is crucial, so Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X enables automatic updates of all desktops, whether they are connected to a local area network or to the internet. Remote users can keep their systems up-to-date, even if they cannot access the network, with automatic updates from their company website. Reporting can also be sent to a remote location. Sophos Anti-Virus uses Mac OS X's own SMTP client to send alert messages, so if a user is disconnected from the network, messages will queue until a connection is found, ensuring no alerts are lost. This also ensures the administrator is always kept informed.</p>
<p>Unlike anti-virus products available from other vendors, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X offers a central configuration of update and anti-virus settings, including the ability to manually administer virus identity files. Administrators can create a central installation source and install to all networked Macs automatically using XServer tools such as Network Install to provide automatic updates as and when required.</p>
<p>"Despite a common misconception that Apple Macintosh users aren't affected by the virus plague, it needs to be taken seriously," said Rob Forsyth, Managing Director for Sophos Australia and New Zealand. "Sophos's latest anti-virus solution ensures all Mac users are protected, whether in the office or on the road and, enables third-party developers to incorporate virus-scanning into their own products."</p>
<p>Users who choose to access the Unix operating system directly on Mac OS X will benefit from the availability of a command line version of Sophos Anti-Virus, allowing administrators to run it through the Mac Terminal utility.</p>
<p>The enhanced security model prevents normal users from disabling their anti-virus software. Users need to have administrative rights in order to install and remove Sophos Anti-Virus or change any of the System Preferences, including enabling and disabling InterCheck.</p>
<p>For further information, visit: http://www.sophos.com.au</p>
<p>ends</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading specialist developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and protects all types of organisations, including small- to medium-sized businesses, large corporations, banks, governments and educational institutions against viruses and spam. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
<p>http://www.sophos.com.au</p>
<p>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Rob Forsyth (rob.forsyth@sophos.com.au) is available for comment:
+61 417 234 176
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (sophos@gne.com.au)
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)</p>

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