What are the differences between a SAV for MAC standalone and Home Edition?

  • Article ID: 117070
  • Updated: 06 May 2014

This article provides information on the differences between a licensed Standalone Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac (SAV for Mac) and SAV for Mac Home Edition.

Applies to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X
Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Operating systems
Mac OS X

What are the differences?

When you install a licensed Standalone SAV for MAC you will need to configure the Updating credentials manually. When you install SAV for MAC Home Edition the updating credentials are automatically configured. 

Essentially there is no functional difference between the standalone licensed version or a standalone home edition.
However, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is designed exclusively for home use and is not to be installed on a computer used for professional work. Use of the software on computers owned or managed by an organization is prohibited. This includes educational institutions and not for profit organizations requiring or recommending anti-malware protection for computers accessing their networks.

What technical support is included with the Home Edition?

SAV for Mac Home Edition does not include phone or email support.  If you require support for the home edition of SAV for MAC you must post to our community forum (Sophos FreeTalk).

Organizations needing anti-malware protection will benefit from all-in-one malware and data protection delivered in Sophos Endpoint Security and Control, including:

  1. Cross-platform anti-virus protection
  2. Simplified, centralized management
  3. Control of applications, devices and network access
  4. Integrated DLP and encryption
  5. Centrally managed client firewall
  6. 24x7 expert support

Can I use the Home Edition for my 'home business'? 

There are slight grey areas with regards to what constitutes an 'organization' however the rule of thumb is generally to ask yourself: Am I intending on installing the home edition on a computer that I claim in any way for taxation or insurance purposes of a business or organization? If not, it's home use and you can install the home edition software.

We also recommend you read the End-user license agreement (EULA) that comes with the software if you have any further concerns.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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