This week, Microsoft released a preview version of its new Microsoft Defender app for Android and Windows devices. For the time being, the app is only available in the United States, but as more users test it, it may be made available elsewhere.
Windows users have been using Microsoft Defender for a long time; the company also launched an Android version called Microsoft Defender ATP, which was only available to businesses. Microsoft Defender’s new preview version lets you manage security for all of your devices, not just the one you’re using right now. As you can see in the screenshot below, the home page includes a summary of your security status across all of your devices.
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More information about the current state of each device can be accessed by clicking or tapping on that panel. To see how many apps and links (on Android) or files have been scanned in the last 24 hours, click here. Virus & threat protection, ransomware protection, and other settings can be viewed on Windows. If you’d like to see what threats you’ve had in the past, you can look at your security history.
Although it’s not a direct replacement for Windows Security, it does appear to be an addition to it or a different design approach that could eventually replace the built-in app for Windows users. The usefulness of an antivirus app on Android is debatable, but it can alert you if you’ve downloaded and installed an app that may be harmful to your device.
Having the ability to see all of your devices’ security statuses in one place is the most useful aspect of this. If you share your PC with another person, you can check on your phone to see if that person has downloaded or installed malware.
There is a Microsoft Defender Preview available for Windows and Android if you’re interested in trying it out if you live in the United States. If you live outside the United States, you’ll be able to install the Windows app, but you won’t be able to log in for now.