Microsoft just launched Microsoft Defender, a brand new security application that works on any platform. Microsoft Defender has apps for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, providing different security features depending on the platform. Defender also doubles as a cross-platform anti-virus app, but the feature isn’t included on all platforms. The best part about Microsoft Defender is that it’s a free app if you’re already on a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family account. You just need to sign in using the same email you have registered with Microsoft’s productivity suite.
Microsoft wants more people to sign up for the 365 offering. That’s why there’s a 30-day free trial for Defender that can help new users make the switch to the paid model. For iOS and iPadOS users, Microsoft says that the Defender app doesn’t support antivirus protection, instead giving you warnings about possible phishing attempts on your digital accounts. For Android users, the app is more effective as it includes antivirus protection and you can even scan the apps for malware.
Microsoft Defender brings online and local protection to all platforms
The platform uses the same tech deployed by enterprises in the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint world and includes “continuous antivirus and anti-phishing protection,” according to Vasu Jakkal, Corporate Vice President for Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management at Microsoft.
Microsoft said it plans to plug more functionality into the dashboard, including identity theft protection and secure online connections.Despite vulnerabilities turning up in its products on a depressingly regular basis, Microsoft has banged the security drum for years now, with both acquisitions and product launches in the arena.
The new Microsoft Defender app is designed to provide a one-stop solution for your security needs. On Windows and macOS, Microsoft Defender will work alongside the built-in or third-party antivirus, while also providing protection against phishing attacks on the internet. The app will also show the security status of your other devices where the app is installed and provide security alerts.
On Android, Microsoft Defender includes its own antivirus along with malware scanning for currently installed and newly downloaded apps. It also provides web protection like the desktop apps. The iOS app is the least useful, as it only includes web protection but like the other apps you can see the security status of your other devices where the app is installed. The app is a free download on all platforms but requires a Microsoft 365 subscription.
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