Microsoft has introduced a new “antivirus companion” Microsoft Defender for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows. Specific features vary by platform, but should not be confused with the standard Windows antivirus: it is a separate, more secure solution that is only available to Microsoft 365 subscription holders (Personal, Family, or Business Premium).
The application has a new interface and is designed to complement the built-in protection of various systems. On Windows, the new Microsoft Defender will work in conjunction with Windows Security (yes, the former “Defender”), on iOS, along with Apple’s security mechanics. Android and macOS do not have built-in antivirus, so Microsoft Defender will act as a traditional antivirus on such devices.
On Android, the app can scan other programs for malicious code, as well as provide protection against phishing by scanning links. iPhone will also receive protection against phishing when browsing the web.
Microsoft Defender will also provide an overview of the security status of all your devices across platforms. Family Subscription master account holders will also be able to view the security issue report for other family members.
The application can be downloaded for free on any device with iOS, Android, macOS or Windows, but it will not work without a subscription. Download links are on the Microsoft website.