Microsoft released new cross-platform Microsoft Defender appintended for individuals. The application is a simplified control panel that can connect to installed antivirus software, and it also provides users with additional device protection.
Starting today, Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers can take advantage of Microsoft Defender on their Windows, macOS, iOS, or Android devices. It is worth noting that the set of application features will differ depending on the platform. For example, the iOS and iPadOS version does not include antivirus protection, but offers users protection against web phishing.
The Android version comes with a built-in antivirus, can scan the system for malicious apps, and check links to protect against phishing attacks. And on Windows, the app is more of a dashboard and doesn’t try to replace the pre-installed Windows Security app. With Microsoft Defender, you can view data from third-party antiviruses, as well as manage the security system on other connected devices.
Thus, Microsoft Defender will primarily be useful to those people who want to protect multiple devices at once and manage security settings using a simple control panel. Microsoft promises that more features will come to the app in the future.
“Expanding our security portfolio with Microsoft Defender for Individuals is a natural and exciting development for the company in the security space,” said Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Security. “This is just the beginning. Going forward, we will continue to consolidate new protections into a single control panel, including adding features such as identity theft protection and secure internet connection.”