Microsoft released a new version of Defender, its security application with antivirus and antiphishing functions for Android, iOS (and iPadOS), macOS, and Windows. Microsoft Defender is exclusive to Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscribers, that is, it will require the user to have an account with the paid service.
Defender offers several tools to block online threats on different platforms. Of course, this requires adaptations for each operating system, so the Windows, Android, and macOS versions have strong protection against viruses and malicious apps, while the iOS and iPadOS version dispenses with antivirus and targets phishing attacks.
For Android, users will be able to browse the web more securely and download apps without much worry. Microsoft Defender is able to scan applications and web links, and if there is any malicious code hidden, the software will alert the user. All measurement data is centralized in the Microsoft app.
“The expansion of our security portfolio with Microsoft Defender for individuals is the natural and exciting progression in our journey as a security company,” said Vasu Jakkal, vice president of cybersecurity at Microsoft.
On Windows, there is not much news for users, since the operating system has its own built-in antivirus. Microsoft Defender will only serve as a “control panel” to check all actions performed by Windows Security, in addition to specialized software such as AVG and Avast.
To protect iOS and iPadOS users, the app also comes as a simple “control panel” that centralizes security-related information from all connected devices with accounts linked to the same subscription. There are also features to prevent users from receiving phishing emails and messages.