Microsoft Defender Antivirus is now available on Android

Microsoft Defender is now available to download and protect your Android device from viruses and malware threats.

The app has been confirmed in an official blog post, it is now universally available for those who want to add an extra layer of protection to their Android smartphones. Microsoft Defender calls for protection against phishing, Microsoft built-in malware protection that automatically scans your device to track and detect potentially unwanted applications on your device.

We look forward to announcing a universal preview of our mobile threat defense capabilities, including Microsoft Defender ATP for Android. As Rob Leferts, corporate vice president of Microsoft 355 Security and Compliance, points out in his blog, the threats to mobile space are unique and more and more people are using mobile devices to protect their access to the data they need.

After previewing these capabilities at the RSA Conference 2020, we are thrilled to see the response from our customers and the industry. For the past several months we have been working closely with customers who are our design partners, listening to their feedback and enhancing the product.

Once a secure application is installed or loaded on your device, you’ll see a notification confirming that the app is “clean.” After Microsoft Defender includes browser security and anti-phishing scanning for messages sent via SMS, WhatsApp, email and other applications, it means nothing.

Microsoft Defender also includes smartscreen technology that will be able to block networks created by malicious applications without an unsecured Wi-Fi network connection or end-user knowledge. This will ensure that you are protected even if the third party app is installed incorrectly.

We’ll see additional settings and functionality in the Android app in the upcoming settings as well as the iOS app. However, advanced controls are unlikely to come in the iOS version of Microsoft Defender.

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