Sophos Web Protection provides enhanced protection against web threats. It includes the following features:
- Live URL filtering
- Scanning of downloaded content
- Checking of the reputation of downloaded files
Sophos Endpoint Security and Control is an integrated suite of security software. Sophos Anti-Virus. Sophos Anti-Virus detects and cleans up viruses, Trojans, worms, and spyware, as well as adware and other potentially unwanted applications. Our HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System) technology can also protect your computer from suspicious files and rootkits. The Web protection feature is part of Sophos Anti-Virus and is included with all Sophos Central licenses that include this product. This feature is designed to prevent threats from reaching the web browser. Web control is an additional feature available in the following.
Live URL filtering
Live URL filtering blocks access to websites that are known to host malware. This feature works by performing a real-time lookup against Sophos's online database of infected websites.
When access to a malicious website is blocked, the event is recorded in the scanning log. For information about viewing the scanning log, see View the scanning log.
Content scanning scans data and files downloaded from the internet (or intranet) and proactively detects malicious content. This feature scans content hosted at any location, including locations not listed in the database of infected websites.
Download reputation is calculated based on the file's age, source, prevalence, deep content analysis and other characteristics.
By default, an alert will be displayed when a file with low or unknown reputation is downloaded. We recommend that you do not download such files. If you trust the file's source and publisher, you can choose to download the file. Your action and the file's URL will be recorded in the scanning log.
Sophos Mobile Security Web Filtering
For more information about download reputation, see knowledgebase article 121319.
Web protection configuration settings
By default, web protection is enabled: access to malicious websites is blocked, downloaded content is scanned and the reputation of downloaded files is checked.
Website Malware Protection
For more information about the web protection settings and how to change them, see Configure Sophos Web Protection.
Supported web browsers
Web protection is supported on the following web browsers:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Firefox (except for download reputation)
- Safari (except for download reputation)
Web content accessed via an unsupported browser is not filtered and will not be blocked.