Microsoft today released a new cybersecurity app, Defender, for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. Although the software giant has been using the Defender name for its antivirus protections for years, Microsoft’s new cross-platform Defender app is aimed at individuals and is more of a simplified control panel that plugs into existing antivirus software or offers additional device protections.
Microsoft Defender will be available to Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers today, and features will vary by platform. For example, there is no antivirus protection on iOS and iPadOS, and the app offers some protection against online phishing, as well as a dashboard with warnings.
On Android, Microsoft Defender provides antivirus protection and the ability to scan for malicious apps. The app also scans links to protect against online phishing.
Microsoft Defender for Windows is more like an interactive panel than an attempt to replace the built-in Windows Defender app. You can view information about existing antivirus protection from Norton, McAfee, or other vendors, and manage and view protection data across all devices.
Microsoft Defender also includes notifications and security tips across devices, but these are only available on Windows and macOS.
The application may seem unnecessary to many users, but it will be useful for those who want to protect family members and multiple devices with a simple control panel. Microsoft promises more features to come in the future.
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