Microsoft Has Finally Brought Its ‘Defender’ Antivirus Solution to Android and Linux

By Novak Bozovic / June 24, 2020

As promised last year, Microsoft has been busy expanding its premium antivirus solution beyond Windows. More precisely, we're talking about the company's commercial product, Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). After being released on macOS last year, Microsoft has now announced that Defender is available on Android (as a preview) and Linux (general availability). The only major platform not covered at this moment is iOS, which is bound to change by the year's end.

On Android, Microsoft Defender ATP is capable of protecting against phishing and unsafe network connections from apps, websites, and malicious apps. In a corporate environment, it can also block devices deemed "risky." More precisely, this antivirus solution is focused on four distinctive roles:

Microsoft Defender ATP for Android

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It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft Defender ATP is available on Android as a preview. This means that customers of this antivirus solution will need to enable preview features by visiting their dashboard (Microsoft Defender Security Center). Then, individual Android apps can be deployed. On the other hand, Microsoft Defender ATP is also available on Linux but has reached general availability (being available for testing since February).

The news about Microsoft Defender ATP on Android and Linux comes only a week after the company announced firmware protection on Windows. This means that users of premium Microsoft Defender on Windows can scan Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, eliminating threats during the boot process. Sadly, there are no announcements regarding the availability of this useful feature for all users of Defender (available free of charge).

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