Microsoft Defender Now Available For 4 Major Platforms

Microsoft Defender

For iOS, macOS, Windows, and Android, Microsoft is releasing a new version of its Microsoft Defender cybersecurity program. The latest cross-platform Microsoft Defender program is intended for users as a simplified dashboard that connects to existing antivirus software or provides additional device protections. Although Microsoft has been using the Microsoft Defender app for its antivirus defense for decades. Members of Microsoft 365 Personal and Family will have access to Microsoft Defender, with platform-specific features. 

Defender will be accessible for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family members, with functionality varying depending on the platform. There is no antivirus protection for iOS or iPadOS, for example, and the application instead provides some web phishing defenses with a dashboard that contains notifications for additional devices.  

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Microsoft Defender for Android features anti-virus protection as well as the capability to scan for dangerous applications. The program will also check URLs to guard against web phishing. Instead of replacing the default Windows Security software, Microsoft Defender for Windows performs more like a dashboard. You may monitor your current antivirus protection from McAfee, Norton, or other providers as well as control and evaluate security measures across devices.  

Microsoft Defender also contains security warnings and suggestions that can be accessed across different devices, albeit the recommendations are only provided on Windows and macOS.  

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The software appears to be unnecessary for most, but it will be handy for people who wish to secure close relatives and various devices from a single dashboard. Microsoft promises that more functionality will be added in the future.  

“The addition of Microsoft Defender for people to our protection portfolio is a logical and thrilling step forward in our path as a security organization,” says Vasu Jakkal, vice president of Microsoft security. “This is only the beginning. We will keep bringing more protections together around a single dashboard in the future, with features such as identity theft prevention and secure internet connection.” 



Source: Theverge

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Microsoft Defender Now Available For 4 Major Platforms

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