Microsoft’s Microsoft Defender app is now available for all four major platforms. It is available as part of the Microsoft 365 service and is designed to protect against both online and local threats.
Microsoft Defender Features:
The new Microsoft Defender app, which is not to be confused with Windows Defender (now Windows Security), is designed to be a one-stop shop for all your security needs. Microsoft Defender will work alongside the built-in or third-party antivirus on Windows and macOS, as well as provide protection against phishing attacks on the internet. The app will also provide security alerts and display the security status of your other devices where the app is installed.
Microsoft Defender for Android includes its own antivirus as well as malware scanning for both installed and newly downloaded apps. It also offers web protection in the same way that the desktop apps do. The iOS app is the least useful, as it only offers web protection, but it does allow you to see the security status of other devices where the app is installed, just like the other apps.
This seamless solution, which includes continuous antivirus and anti-phishing protection for your data and devices, will enable you to:
- Manage your security protections and view security protections for everyone in your family, from a single easy-to-use, centralized dashboard.
- View your existing antivirus protection (such as Norton or McAfee). Defender recognizes these protections within the dashboard.
- Extend Windows device protections to iOS, Android, and macOS devices for cross-platform malware protection on the devices you and your family use the most.
- Receive instant security alerts, resolution strategies, and expert tips to help keep your data and devices secure.
Is Microsoft Defender Free?
No. The app is available for free on all platforms, but you’ll need a Microsoft 365 subscription to use it.
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