Microsoft Defender will be available for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers today, and the features will vary by platform. On iOS and iPadOS, for example, there’s no antivirus protection, and the app offers some web phishing protections instead alongside a dashboard that includes alerts for other devices.
A new security dashboard is available to Microsoft 365 users. Tom Warren may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00 a.m. EDT on June 16, 2022. Vox Media may receive a commission if you purchase anything via a Verge link. See our code of ethics for more information. Today, Microsoft is releasing a new cybersecurity tool called Defender for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. While Microsoft has used the Defender brand for its antivirus protection for years, this new cross-platform Microsoft Defender app is more of a streamlined dashboard that integrates into current antivirus software or provides extra device safeguards for consumers.
The app feels like it will be superfluous for many, but it will be useful for those wanting to protect family members and multiple devices in a simple dashboard. Microsoft is promising that more features are on the way, too. “The expansion of our security portfolio with Microsoft Defender for individuals is the natural and exciting progression in our journey as a security company,” says Vasu Jakkal, corporate vice president of Microsoft security. “This is just the start. As we look forward, we will continue to bring more protections together under a single dashboard, including features like identity theft protection and secure online connection.”
Over on Android, Microsoft Defender includes antivirus protection and the ability to scan for malicious apps. The app will also scan links to offer web phishing protection. Microsoft Defender on Windows acts more like a dashboard rather than attempting to replace the built-in Windows Security app. You can view your existing antivirus protection from Norton, McAfee, or other vendors and manage and view security protections across devices. Microsoft Defender also includes security alerts and tips across multiple devices, although the tips are only available on Windows and macOS.