Microsoft introduces consumer versions of Defender Antivirus for Windows macOS

Microsoft introduces consumer versions of Defender Antivirus for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android

Microsoft Corporation released a new cross-platform cybersecurity application Defender for the consumer market. The software product is an antivirus and a simplified control panel to protect all user devices from cyber threats at the same time.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

Starting today, Microsoft Defender is available to Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscribers who use Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices to interact with the cloud service. Depending on the device used, the functions of the antivirus application may differ. For example, Defender for iOS and iPadOS lacks antivirus protection but offers other cybersecurity tools, including protection against phishing.

The Android version of Defender comes with built-in antivirus protection, including a system scan tool for malicious apps and anti-phishing protection. On Windows, the new application essentially acts as a dashboard that does not interfere with the antivirus built into the operating system. From the Windows Defender control panel, you can view third-party antivirus software like Norton or McAfee and manage security on connected devices. It is expected that the novelty will be useful for people who need to protect multiple devices, controlling security settings from a simple control panel.

“Expanding our security portfolio with Microsoft Defender for Individuals is a natural and exciting process for our evolution as a security company. This is just the beginning. Going forward, we will continue to consolidate new protections into a single dashboard, including features like identity theft protection and secure internet connection.”said Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft corporate vice president of security.

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