Microsoft to bring antivirus software to Android, iOS

Ruben Fields
February 25, 2020

You probably have used Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) antivirus on your Windows or Mac PC. Microsoft has showed that each apps will be proven on the RSA convention subsequent week.

Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux extends endpoint threat protection to this OS environment.

The cell apps come just below a 12 months after Microsoft began a public preview for its Defender antivirus on macOS.

Speaking to CNBC, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Rob Lefferts said that iOS and Android are "pretty safe, but pretty safe is not the same as safe..."

Although the coming of a Linux version was no surprise since it had mentioned by Microsoft in the past, the announcement of iOS and Android versions was a surprise.

If you are pretty happy with Microsoft security software performance on Windows, you might be pleased to learn that its scope is being expanded to cover other platforms, like Linux, Android and iOS.

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"The addition of Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection to BlueVoyant's 100% cloud-based technology portfolio furthers BlueVoyant's goal of bringing best-of-breed technologies and services to companies of all sizes", said Jim Rosenthal, CEO of BlueVoyant. The software will focus on preventing malware and phishing attacks. While Windows Defender scans for and removes malware on your PC, the iOS and Android solutions Microsoft announced are created to prevent people from visiting online destinations that Microsoft thinks are unsafe. So, to put it more accurately, Microsoft is bringing Defender to mobile.

With the frequency with which we write about applications loaded with malware and exploitable vulnerabilities in iOS and Android, it is very clear that Apple and Google are not flawless when it comes to protecting users of their mobile platforms.

Lastly, Microsoft has also announced that as of today, its Microsoft Threat Protection is available to customers with Microsoft 365.

Nevertheless, this move is in furtherance of Microsoft effort to tap into the global security market which is worth $80 billion.

Today, Microsoft also announced its Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP) solution has now left preview.

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