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Windows Defender is coming to Linux, Android and iOS

Is Windows Defender good enough for your PC?

Microsoft announced that it will bring its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Linux, Android and iOS. This move by Microsoft can be seen as a strategy in tapping the vast smartphone cybersecurity market.

The software is already compatible with Windows and MAC, and with this new extended support release, Windows Defender will now cover most of the popular operating systems today. With several recent incidents of phishing and data hacking, Google and Apple are trying hard to protect the smartphone users in their respective OS ecosystem and Microsoft’s offering is going to add to the list of options available to users to protect their devices more efficiently.

”Microsoft Threat Protection, generally available today, does the heavy lifting for defenders by proactively hunting across users, email, applications and endpoints – including Mac and Linux. It brings together alerts and takes action using AI and automation. Microsoft Threat Protection breaks down security silos so security professionals can automatically detect, investigate and stop coordinated multi-point attacks,” explains Ann Johnson, Microsoft Corporate VP, Cybersecurity solutions group.

Microsoft Defender ATP offers services such as preventive protection, post-breach detection, automated investigation and response to the users. “It weeds out the unimportant and amplifies signals that might have been missed, freeing defenders to work on the incidents that need their attention. With identity protection as a core component, it is the only solution of its type that is designed for Zero Trust,” Microsoft stated.

Microsoft is silent about the exact date of release of Microsoft Defender software for Linux, Android and iOS.

Last week, Microsoft released Windows 10 security patch that fixes dozens of vulnerabilities including a zero-day in Internet Explorer that could enable remote code execution. You can check out more details about the security release in our article here.

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Kumar Hemant

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