Pros / Sophos Home comes with internet filters that block potentially harmful or inappropriate online content.

Cons / Rescue CDs are not available.

 Verdict / In addition to great virus protection, Sophos Home includes features, such as internet filters, you don't typically find with Mac antivirus software.

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Sophos Home for Mac, though a basic antivirus protection program, offers powerful features not typically included with Mac antivirus programs. The most notable are internet filters that, when enabled, block certain online content from being seen or accessed. This is helpful not only for protecting children when they're online but also for blocking websites that look innocent but may have malware links connected to them.

In tests conducted by AV-Test, an independent organization that tests and rates antivirus and security software, Sophos detected 100 percent of known viruses. In fact, it was one of only two Mac antivirus software applications on our list to receive a perfect score.

A second test that AV-Test conducts as part of its evaluation of Mac antivirus software is the potential effect the application has on the computer system's speed and load once it's installed. In this test, Sophos didn't create too much lag. According to AV-Test, there was a total delay of 284 seconds. This is only 40 seconds slower than the best Mac antivirus application in our review.

Sophos Home for Mac comes with a single license. You can download additional licenses for other Mac computers or laptops you wish to protect, but, unfortunately, it does not offer virus protection for iPads or iPhones. One other issue we noted in our tests of Sophos Home is that its computer scans take longer to complete compared with scans from other Mac antivirus software.

Two features we looked for with Mac virus scanning applications that aren't included with Sophos Home are gamer mode and a rescue CD. Gamer mode automatically suspends scans and pop-up reminders when you are playing games online or watching videos. A rescue CD is an option offered by some applications that you use to restore your computer in the event of a malware attack. Avast is a free Mac antivirus solution we reviewed that does include both of these features.

Sophos has some great customer support options. Both telephone and live chat are available 24/7. This is important because malware threats and technical issues happen at all hours.

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  • AV-Test Detection Rate
  • AV-Test Loss of Performance
  1. Mac malware detection test results from AV-Test
    Higher is Better.
  2. 9  Sophos
    100.0 %
  3. 96.8 %
  4. 100.0 %
  5. 96.8 %
  6. Category Average
    93.19 %


Sophos Home is a basic antivirus program that includes extra security features, such as internet filters. You can download it to any of your Mac computers and laptops, though it doesn't protect iPhones or iPads. It performed well in independent tests at detecting malware threats while having a negligible effect on computer speed. Finally, Sophos' technical support is available anytime you need it.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Privacy & Protection

Mobile Protection
Parental Controls
Safe Banking
Password Manager

Help & Support

Weekday Phone Support Hours (Eastern Time)
9am - 9pm
Weekend Phone Support Available
Live Chat

Scanning & Detection

Minimum Number of Licenses
Gamer Mode Enabled
Ransomware Protection
USB Autoscans
Incoming Email Autoscans
Rescue CD or USB File
Vulnerable Software Detection

Test Results

Mac Malware Detection Rate
Loss of Performance
5 sec
Windows Malware Detection Ability
Above Average