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"Ensures that I'm working with a product that gets updated regularly without me having to remember to do it. Since it's a Microsoft product, I'm confident that it requires a low use of system resources. The benefit of that being that my computer isn't constantly being drained.""It's free. There is no additional cost. It's part of Windows.""Within its class I think, it has a high and decent detection rate.""It's really stable. I've used a lot of stuff, a lot of products, like ESET and Kaspersky. None of them are comparable with this one. This one is much better.""This is a very go, proactive solution to threat protection using advanced analysis.""I like the real-time protection features. Windows Defender will detect if there's a threat like a Trojan or something like that but Kaspersky lets it run normally.""Defender is integrated into the operating system. It's integrated with everything. You don't have to spend time analyzing what you have to do to be sure that the integration is okay between the security tool and all the other apps. This, from my point of view, is the main advantage.""The most valuable features are that it's easy to use and the updates are very simple."

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"So easy to deploy and use that you really don't even need their technical support.""If you want something simple to work with, Sophos makes it very simple for you to use.""Intercept X is the most valuable feature in the solution. It's more or less pretty standard. The endpoint feature allows you to basically see what is happening, and stop a wide range of threats. It's been the most unique identifier for Sophos.""The protection that this solution offers us is strong.""The most valuable feature is the ability to centrally manage the total security environment, including the firewall.""With Sophos, the scanning of viruses and scanning of the disk is done silently in the background.""In terms of the Firewall, the EAP assist, the simple interface and the reporting features are quite good for clients. It's very easy to understand and to navigate the Dashboard.""Sophos EPP Suite has the capability to stop infections from spreading around the internal network even after the problems have infiltrated it."

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"It would be nice to have a paid upgrade that would provide additional screening of the day-to-day activities.""Microsoft Windows Defender doesn't have a game mode.""There's a lot of manual effort involved to configure what we need.""The end-user also cannot do some advanced actions on it. It's a little bit complicated for our end-user, so it needs to be simplified.""Updates are not coming out of preview quickly enough and it is holding back on the development of the product.""The system can always be simplified and have a better integration check. More detailed reports would be good. When it does the integrated check, it just shows if the system is okay but I want to know what happened.""The solution needs to improve its ransomware. It's not so good. It could also use some general performance optimization for the computers the solution operates on, to ensure it does not slow down the devices.""I would like to be able to set up any kind of protection I want in the firewall, any IP address or any number."

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"Configuring notifications is lagging a bit behind the curve as the product should be able to direct exactly where any notification type is sent.""If you are not an IT expert, the solution is difficult to use.""Deployment and central management need to be improved.""In the next release, I would like to see the phishing attached included in the firewall.""I would like to have more logging features to help more deeply analyze traffic.""The solution is not easy to use in comparison to other endpoint security solutions.""The support could be improved. The response times are slow.""Sophos does not currently inform users of potential compatability issues with Windows updates."

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"The product is free of charge and comes integrated into Windows.""The solution is free.""This product is included in the pricing for Windows.""It is affordable and comes in the Office 365 bundle.""I pay for it through the Windows Professional or Standard license. It is a one-time cost for me, and I use the same license.""This solution is part of Windows and comes included with it.""I got it with the Microsoft Windows license.""The solution is an open source version and was free with a paid version of Windows 10."

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"Willing to discount when you are switching from another product. Upgrading services will end up costing more, as expected.""The pricing for this solution is ok.""It may be possible to negotiate licensing cost based on volume.""We purchased a three-year license, which gave us a large discount.""Pricing could always be lower. It costs around $120 per seat per year.""Sophos is cheaper than some competing products."

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Windows Defender Pro is your first line of defense against spyware and other unwanted software. And in Windows 7, it's easier to use, with simpler notifications, more scanning options, and less impact on your computer's performance.
Protect every user and every device from malware, spam, data loss and more with our Enduser Protection bundles. Only Sophos delivers best-of-breed endpoint, mobile, encryption, email and web security solutions licensed per user and backed by the best support in the industry.
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Financial Services Firm31%
Aerospace/Defense Firm8%
Energy/Utilities Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government6%
Educational Organization4%
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Healthcare Company29%
Non Tech Company14%
University14%
Construction Company14%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Media Company5%
Retailer4%
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Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise30%
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Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise62%
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Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise25%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Defender Antivirus vs. Sophos EPP Suite and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
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Microsoft Defender Antivirus is ranked 1st in Anti-Malware Tools with 25 reviews while Sophos EPP Suite is ranked 16th in Endpoint Protection (EPP) for Business with 17 reviews. Microsoft Defender Antivirus is rated 8.0, while Sophos EPP Suite is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Defender Antivirus writes "A security implementation that supplies proactive issue resolution with cloud analytics and APT". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sophos EPP Suite writes "Stops infections from spreading around an internal network even after the problems have infiltrated it". Microsoft Defender Antivirus is most compared with Symantec End-User Endpoint Security, CrowdStrike Falcon, ESET Endpoint Security, Carbon Black CB Defense and Webroot Business Endpoint Protection, whereas Sophos EPP Suite is most compared with Trend Micro Deep Security, Cortex XDR by Palo Alto Networks, McAfee Endpoint Security, CylancePROTECT and Carbon Black CB Defense. See our Microsoft Defender Antivirus vs. Sophos EPP Suite report.

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