Microsoft Defender has been announced for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows. It is different from the Windows Defender program in Windows 10.
Microsoft Defender is now available on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android as Microsoft’s latest attempt to provide anti-malware solutions. But wait – this is not the same as Windows Defender; pre-loaded anti-malware application that you use to find in Windows 10. Microsoft Defender is part of the Microsoft 365 service designed to provide protection from online threats and local threats.
“Microsoft Defender is simplified online security that meets you and your family wherever you are by bringing together multiple protections into a single dashboard. It provides online protection across the devices you and your family use. It provides tips and recommendations to further strengthen your protection,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
Microsoft Defender coming to all platforms
The PC-based Defender application works in conjunction with other pre-loaded or third-party antivirus solutions. Therefore, on macOS and Windows 11, Microsoft Defender will also provide protection against phishing attacks on the internet. The app is also said to show the security status of other devices registered to your Microsoft account and even provide security alerts.
On mobile platforms, it has different functions. The Microsoft Defender iOS app will only provide web protection and display the security status of other devices registered under the service. Android apps have anti-virus functionality along with a malware scanner – like most Android security solutions. This also provides web protection.
The app is free to download on all of these platforms, but you’ll need an active Microsoft 365 subscription for it to work. Microsoft says it will continue to add more features and functionality to the Microsoft Defender app, such as identity theft protection and secure online connections.
“We had to evolve our security solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers at home and at work by combining existing technologies in a new way. That’s why we recommend Microsoft Defender to individuals. It builds on our Microsoft Defender for Endpoint technology, leveraging the same trusted security that businesses rely on. “