Today, Microsoft is releasing a new cybersecurity tool called Defender for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. While Microsoft has used the Defender moniker for its antivirus protection for years, this new cross-platform Microsoft Defender app is more of a simplified dashboard that integrates into existing antivirus software or provides additional device protections for consumers.
Microsoft Defender is now available for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family members, with different capabilities depending on the platform. On iOS and iPadOS, for example, there is no antivirus protection, but the app does have some web phishing defences as well as a dashboard with various device notifications.
Microsoft Defender for Android features antivirus protection as well as the ability to scan for dangerous apps. The programme will also check links to guard against web phishing. Instead of aiming to replace the built-in Windows Security programme, Microsoft Defender for Windows functions as a dashboard. You can control and see security safeguards across devices and view existing antivirus protection from Norton, McAfee, or other providers.
Security alerts and tips are also available across many devices with Microsoft Defender, albeit the tips are only available on Windows and macOS.
Many people will find the app superfluous, but it will be handy for individuals who wish to secure several family members and gadgets from a single dashboard. Microsoft also promises that more functionality will be added in the future.
“The expansion of our security portfolio with Microsoft Defender for individuals is the natural and exciting progression in our journey as a security company,” says Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president of Microsoft security. “This is just the start. As we look forward, we will continue to bring more protections together under a single dashboard, including features like identity theft protection and secure online connection .”
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