Macintosh users encouraged to install new Sophos Endpoint antivirus protection

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It’s a common misperception that Macintoshes are immune to viruses. As use of Apple products continues to rise, Macs are increasingly targets for viruses and malware.

Often, an infection will lie latent on a Mac, only to activate on a Windows PC when files are shared via e-mail, flash drives or other means. To help protect against these risks, the IT Security Office is pleased to provide a new standard antivirus software, called Sophos Endpoint Protection for Mac.

Sophos is available for all CU-Boulder-provided computers that are used by faculty, staff and students. In addition, the free Sophos Home Edition may be downloaded for personal Macs. The IT Security Office strongly encourages everyone with a Mac to download and install Sophos as an important protective measure.

Mac users can obtain the software on the IT Security Office’s antivirus webpage at Existing Mac antivirus software must be removed before installing Sophos; instructions to do so are conveniently available on the Sophos page.

Sophos replaces CU-Boulder’s previously recommended software, iAntivirus, which maker Symantec stopped supporting earlier this year. To learn more about the benefits of antivirus software, please visit the OIT Security website at

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Center at 303-735-4357 (or 5-HELP from an on-campus phone) or E-mail and phone help is available Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m.


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