Microsoft's Defender App Comes to iOS and Android


The so-called "Windows Defender" is the usual antivirus device on each Windows 10 PC, and Microsoft has introduced plans to deliver it to different platforms comparable to iOS, Android and iOS.

US-based technology giant Microsoft has attached great importance to its own security application Defender in recent years. This also includes Mac and Linux, Microsoft noted. "They're pretty safe, but pretty safe is not the same as safe", Rob Lefferts, a Microsoft CVP, said in an interview at company headquarters in Redmond, Washington, last week.

BlueVoyant incorporates client-driven rules of engagement (ROE) enabling immediate, decisive action to stop threats that could cripple a network versus non-critical events where a lower-tiered response may be appropriate.

Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux extends endpoint threat protection to this OS environment.

Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux was also made available starting today for public review.

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Although the coming of a Linux version was no surprise since it had mentioned by Microsoft in the past, the announcement of iOS and Android versions was a surprise.

While Defender isn't flawless, it's a mostly unintrusive, low-profile app that runs by default on Windows 10 platforms, and it does a great job of preventing spyware, phishing, and malware attacks on desktops and laptops.

While Windows Defender scans for and removes malware on your PC, the iOS and Android solutions Microsoft announced are created to prevent people from visiting online destinations that Microsoft thinks are unsafe, Lefferts told CNBC. Microsoft might release the Defender app for Android and iOS at the RSA Conference in San Fransisco next week. It will be interesting to see what the tool has to offer iPhone users as it will have to work around the restrictions Apple places on what apps are able to do.

Microsoft Defender ATP isn't Microsoft's antivirus engine that protects Windows 10, but a full platform whose objective is to give enterprises an advanced arsenal of security tools to prevent, detect, and respond to advanced threats happening in their networks.