Microsoft Defender antivirus is now available on Android

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

The app was confirmed in an official blog post, and is now available in a public preview for those who want to add an extra layer of protection to their Android smartphones. Microsoft Defender is said to help provide protection against phishing, as Microsoft touts built-in malware protection that automatically scans your device to track and identify potentially unwanted applications on your device.

We are pleased to announce the public preview of our mobile threat defense capabilities with Microsoft Defender ATP for Android. As Rob Lefferts, Corporate Vice President of Security and Compliance for Microsoft 365, mentioned in his blog, threats in the mobile space are unique, and as more and more people use mobile devices for work, the need for organizations to protect Data that is accessed through the devices of its users is increasingly essential.

After previewing these capabilities at RSA Conference 2020, we were thrilled by the response from our customers and the industry. In the past few months, we have been working closely with clients who are our design partners, listening to their feedback and improving the product.

When a secure application has been installed or loaded on your device, you will see a notification confirming that the application is “clean”. However, that’s not all, since Microsoft Defender includes browser protection and anti-phishing scanning for messages sent by SMS, WhatsApp, email and other applications. This means that insecure links received through any of those means will be blocked immediately.

Microsoft Defender also includes SmartScreen technology that can block insecure Wi-Fi network connections or networks created by malicious applications without the knowledge of the end user. This will ensure that you are safe even if a third-party application is installed by mistake.

We will see additional settings and functionality in the Android app in the coming months, along with an iOS app. However, advanced controls are unlikely to make it to the iOS version of Microsoft Defender.

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