Free Sophos anti-virus software now available

Sophos anti-virus software is now available to all departments, faculty, staff and students for use on their home or university-owned machines, thanks to a new campus licensing agreement. One caution--the deal does not cover the UC Davis Health System, which has a separate agreement with McAfee for anti-virus software.

The software is free to faculty, staff and students. Sophos may now be downloaded from the campus software Web site, said a posting from the UC Davis Software License Coordination Unit, and will be available on the next release of the Internet Tools CD.

The deal with Sophos will help protect servers, desktops, laptops, and handheld devices from viruses for five years. The agreement includes premium support and a five-day QuickStart rollout that will bring Sophos' support team to campus.

There are some caveats. The product for handhelds is not available yet, and it is important to uninstall any anti-virus product currently running on your system before installing Sophos. For more information, click here.

Members of the campus technical support staff who have technical questions or problems should contact Sophos Premium Support directly. They can get that contact information from IT Express.

Sophos PLC, based in Abingdon, U.K., makes security software for customers worldwide.