How to install Sophos Home Antivirus

We recommend that all FIT students, faculty, and staff protect their personal computers from malicious software, inappropriate websites, and viruses by installing a high-quality antivirus program. In addition, antivirus is required for any computer trying to connect to FIT VPN.  Note: don’t install additional antivirus software on any device distributed/issued by FIT even if it is used off-campus; it will already have antivirus installed.

Paid antivirus products, usually costing about $75 per year, offer the best protection.  Often a household can purchase one antivirus subscription that covers many computers. If you choose not to purchase this software, you can install Sophos Home on up to three (3) Mac and Windows computers. Please review the system requirements and uninstall any existing antivirus software before you install the Sophos Home Software.

To install Sophos Home you will first need to create a Sophos Home account. Go to and enter your first name, last name, email address and password then follow the instructions to activate your new account. You do not need to use your FIT email or FIT password Sophos Home accounts do not sync with FIT and are not managed by IT for FIT.

Follow the step-by-step instructions from Sophos on how to download Sophos Home, install, and manage device settings. For additional Sophos Home help please visit

Note that while Sophos Home is free forever, Sophos will try to upsell you to Sophos Premium, which is a paid service, by making Premium available at no cost for the first 30 days. After 30 days Premium protection ends but standard Home protection continues. FIT will not reimburse you for Anti-Malware software or manage Sophos or any other Anti-Malware on your personal devices.