Windows 11 Defender to get a massive overhaul with Android, iOS, macOS support

Although people still use third-party antivirus software, it’s
hard to complain about the built-in Defender antivirus. Windows
Defender is a perfect antivirus suite for your personal desktop
and it generally doesn’t disrupt the user experience. It works
well and it’s also one of the top-rated security programs, and
Microsoft is now bringing it to other platforms.

The cross-platform project is codenamed “Gibraltar” and it will
be a free version of Microsoft Defender for Windows 11,
Android, iOS and macOS. Non-Windows devices already have
Microsoft Defender support, but it’s currently limited to
enterprise customers only. On the other hand, Microsoft
Defender Gibraltar will be available for everyone.

As we reported last year,
Project Gibraltar is based on the security hub concept and
it won’t replace the existing security solutions offered by the
company. This new Microsoft Defender experience is going to be
free for consumers and its main function would be to maintain a
security dashboard.

Microsoft Defender for Android
Image Courtesy: Microsoft

Details are currently not available, but a leaked Microsoft
Store listing has confirmed new Defender experience will be
offered on all devices, including Android, iOS and Mac.

“Microsoft Defender is a security application that gives you
peace of mind. Through our personalized dashboard, you can view
the security posture of your Windows device and other connected
devices (Mac, iOS, and Android) all in one place,” Microsoft
explained in a store listing.

The app has been written from scratch and Windows 11 version
apparently uses web components as well. Microsoft Defender
Gibraltar is similar to the company’s enterprise protection
settings and it lets you monitor antivirus, malware scan,
phishing, compromised passwords, etc.

Microsoft Defender Gibraltar is optimized for home users, so it
will be possible to add family members to the security
dashboard and personalize the experience. You’ll be able to
create invites using either email or QR. If you open the invite
link on a MacBook, you’ll be asked to download the Microsoft
Defender client.

In our tests, we found that Microsoft’s new security solution
for Windows and Android or macOS will allow users to monitor
all connected devices from one dashboard. This includes
passwords or identity theft issues, and there will be
additional customization options for parents.

At the moment, a release date is not available, but we believe
that it will land on Windows 11 and Android in a few months.

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