It’s a generational battle between two reliable Mac security solutions. We have the young lion, Airo, going up against the grizzled old veteran, Sophos Home. Airo was founded in 2017, making it just a pup when compared to Sophos, a company that’s been working with security software since 1985. Despite their age differences, both have the same aim: to keep your Mac safe from harm. However, they both go about it in different ways. Airo aims to be unobtrusive, allowing you to carry on with your daily business while it performs full system scans, whereas Sophos Home looks to be a more complete solution, offering a package filled with extra features. So, who will prevail?
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From Israel, promising youngster Airo is looking to make a name for itself on the Mac security scene. The first thing you’ll notice when using Airo is that it has a stylish and intuitive design, making it stand out from the rest of the pack. It’s not just about style – there’s substance here too. Airo is able to run a complete system scan while taking up a miniscule amount of processing power, meaning you’ll have no problem using your Mac to play games or watch films uninterrupted as Airo searches for threats. There’s also a quick scan that truly lives up to its name, managing to scan your system in a matter of seconds. Though not packed with features, Airo does come with a web extension for Chrome and Safari that checks all downloads for malicious software.
One area where Airo falls short is its limited customer support options, coupled with an underwhelming help section, but the website does allow users to request Airo to examine suspicious applications or websites. Unfortunately, Airo isn’t the cheapest software either, especially when you consider that it isn’t crammed full of extras – at least compared to some of its rivals. However, Airo does offer a seven-day free trial and all purchases come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The experienced pro here is Sophos Home, a UK-based company with decades of internet security experience. Sophos Home gives its users real-time antivirus protection that scans any files that are in use, although the dashboard’s design leaves a little to be desired. The star attraction is Sophos’ anti-ransomware protection, which backs up any files that are suddenly being encrypted on your system before leaping into action by removing the ransomware and restoring your original files. Sophos Home also includes parental control options, although it is somewhat simplistic when compared to what’s offered by other dedicated parental control solutions. There’s the added feature of microphone and webcam protection that will alert you whenever these are activated. Sophos impressively gained full marks from AV-TEST – a sure sign of its security pedigree.
Customer service is tiered depending on your account, but it remains of a high quality and is supplemented by a dedicated Twitter page for answering any customer queries. Sophos Home is certainly the more economical choice of the two, with a free version available that will cover up to three devices, although this doesn’t include Sophos’ ransomware protection or premium support. Premium accounts are also cheaper than Airo’s, and they cover up to ten devices – perfect for large families. Like Airo, Sophos Home comes with a free 30-day trial as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee.
So, the young apprentice Airo has a lot to learn from the old-timer Sophos. However, it still has a lot going for it, with seamless system scans, a handy browser extension, and most importantly, great protection. For those who want to leave their security system to its own devices it’s an ideal choice, running full scans invisibly in the background. On the other side, Sophos’ offer is a more complete package, with its anti ransomware a noteworthy highlight. It also boasts plenty of other features for increased protection – all at a lower price. Regardless of your preference, both are constantly updated to ensure that your Mac stays safe from harm.
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