Applies to: Sophos Home Premium and Trial

This article covers how to get started with Sophos Home for Windows, Mac and Mobile devices, as well as how to configure it and perform installations on additional devices.

If you are looking for more information regarding what is Sophos Home and how to get it, please visit our General FAQ and our home page
For more information regarding how to manage Sophos Home account and subscriptions, please see the “Managing your account” support page.

Getting Started-Part 1- Installing Sophos Home

Installing Sophos Home on macOS

Click here for step-by-step guides

Specific installation steps based on your macOS version

Installing Sophos Home on Windows computers

Post installation steps and key activation

License key activation

Please follow these steps to activate your Premium License key: Activating Premium License keys

Enable Multi-factor authentication (2fa)

MFA can help further securing your Sophos Home account.
Find more information and setup steps here: MFA – How to enable Multi-Factor authentication

Protect mobile devices

Mobile installation is separate from Sophos Home, please see:
Sophos Intercept X for Mobile – Guide for Sophos Home customers

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Getting Started-Part 2- Configuration and settings

Locating Sophos Home on your system

Sophos Home user interface can be launched via the Sophos Home shield and provides access to several dashboard settings, running local scans , checking for updates and more! Watch the below videos for additional details.

Mac: Click on the Sophos Home Shield located in the Mac menu bar to open the Sophos Home UI

Windows: Double Click the Sophos Home shield in the system tray to open the Sophos Home UI

Filtering websites – Allow, Warn or block access

Websites can be filtered by category, in order to block them or send a warning when a filtered site is accessed. Here’s how: Controlling websites my family can access

Protection layers

Sophos Home has a layered approach to security, its features include Real Time Protection, artificial intelligence, exploit protection, ransomware detection, home banking protection, and more!
To see a list of all the available features please see Sophos Home features and/or visit our
 home page
For additional information, visit our security center

The Sophos Home Dashboard

Accessing your dashboard on your mobile devices

Click here to learn how to download the mobile dashboard app! The app allows you to access and configure all your Sophos Home protected devices (Premium only).

Sophos Home is a cloud based antivirus and its settings are configured via the Sophos Home DashboardThe Dashboard can be accessed directly from the antivirus by Enabling Direct Access , via our Premium dashboard app, or from any computer via a web browser.
On the dashboard, users will find their protected computers, links to add new devices, contact support (Premium), configure settings, and manage their Sophos Home accounts.
Note: A Sophos Home account is required to use the Dashboard. 

Sophos Home Dashboard video: 

Dashboard views and options

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Sophos Home Dashboard overview – image entries:
1 – Click on a desired computer on the dashboard to access its history and settings (if only one computer is protected, then users will be directed to that when accessing the dashboard).
2– 2 different ways to add a new device, one via the green Add Device button, and another via the plus “+” symbol.
3 – (Top right of the dashboard) Account  email. Clicking on the arrow next to the email allows users to access their account settings by selecting “My account” 

Dashboard view of a specific computer

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Dashboard view of a specific computer – image entries:
1 – Available configuration options and views (by default, it starts by showing the STATUS tab. But customers may access different configurations and settings by clicking on HISTORY, PROTECTION, WEB FILTERING and PRIVACY tabs).
2 – Dashboard status will display the protections that are enabled and whether the endpoint is secure.  You may configure these features by clicking the “Configure” button listed within each one.
3– New activity lists the latest events on the endpoint. To see all of them, use the HISTORY tab.

Additional dashboard configuration options

Dashboard configuration and settings

Getting Started-Part 3- Scanning, submitting samples and adding exclusions


Sophos Home takes Internet security to a whole new level by seeking out and analyzing suspicious behaviors and activities. This proactive approach to protection, along with real-time threat intelligence from our 24/7 SophosLabs, ensures computers are protected from new and developing viruses, malware, ransomware attacks, application and OS exploits, PUAs, phishing attacks, malicious websites, and the latest cybercrime.

However, if desired, customers can perform manual scans of their whole systems or specific files/folders.
Note: To scan a file or folder, right-click on them –> Scan with Sophos Home

Manual scan options:

Running a premium scan on Windows
Running a full system scan on Windows
Running a full scan on Mac
Running a fast scan on Mac
Right-click scanning files and folders on macOS

Scheduling scans

  1. Sign in to your Sophos Home dashboard.
  2. Click the computer that you wish to scan.
  3. Navigate to PROTECTION —> General –> Scheduled scan
  4. Click on the slider to enable the scan and choose the desired date/time.mceclip1.png

    Note: Scheduled scans will show on the Sophos Home dashboard on completion – The computer must be connected to the internet and not asleep for the scan to take place. If the machine is offline/asleep, then the scheduled scan will not go thru. Another scan will be attempted on the next scheduled day/time. 

Reporting a website, program or file to Sophos Labs

Excluding files, programs or websites

IMPORTANT!: Sophos Home does not recommend adding exclusions unless you are sure the URL/file/folder being excluded is safe. Files can be submitted to Sophos Labs for review, more info here: How to submit samples of suspicious files/ false positives to Sophos

Exclude specific files/folders/websites  Setting scan exceptions

Windows only- Set Local exclusions 
Adding local exclusions/Allowing Installations and/or applications to run

Machine learning (artificial intelligence) exclusions and recovery:
 Excluding a file or application from Machine Learning detection

Additional information about threats:
For information regarding threats , vulnerabilitiesPUAs, and more, please visit our threat center
Scroll to the bottom section of that page to find threat categories, or feel free to search for any specific threat.  

Getting Started–Part 4- Troubleshooting and Support

Sophos Home support is available to customers using both the Trial and Premium products. Sophos Home customers without Premium accounts can only access knowledge base articles on the Sophos Home Support page. Sophos Home Premium customers have access to dedicated support personnel via chat and web form after logging into the Sophos Home dashboard.

Source : Official Sophos Brand
Editor by : BEST Antivirus KBS Team

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