Microsoft is bringing its long-running PC security app, Defender, to mobile devices in a new format. In an effort to establish itself as a provider of trusted security solutions, the Redmond-based giant is now releasing a new Defender app for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android, all at once.
There are a ton of features that Microsoft Defender offers right out of the box, but it’s up to everyone to decide if it’s better than other security solutions out there. The new Defender app offers malware protection, continuous antivirus scans for all malicious apps already on your phone, as well as new apps.
More importantly, you can control what the app scans by marking trusted apps and files that you think are safe. Of course, Microsoft Defender is also capable of providing real-time alerts and security tips across multiple devices.
However, keep in mind that if you’re using an iOS device, you won’t take advantage of some of the features available on Android, such as antivirus protection. On the plus side, iOS users are getting a new feature to prevent web phishing.
The new Microsoft Defender app is aimed at individuals and comes with a dashboard where users can manage their security protections and view security protections in one place. The catch is that the app requires a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription to use, but if you already have one, you can download Microsoft Defender directly from the Google Play Store or App Store†