Making the world a safer place with Microsoft Defender for individuals – Microsoft | Hot Mobile Press

Today’s sophisticated cyber threats require a modern approach to security. And it’s not just true for businesses or government agencies – in recent years we’ve seen an exponential increase in attacks on individuals. There are 921 password attacks every second.1 We’ve seen ransomware threats go beyond their usual targets, targeting small businesses and families. And we know we need to step up our personal defenses as well, as bad actors get more sophisticated.

That’s why it’s so important to us to protect your entire digital life, whether you’re at home or at work – threats don’t end when you leave the office or shut down your work laptop for the day. We need solutions that help you and your family work, play and live safely.

That’s why I’m excited to announce the availability of Microsoft Defender for Individuals, a new online security application for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers. We believe that every person and family should feel safe online. This is an exciting step in our journey of making everyone safe and I’m excited to share more about this new app available with features for you to try today.

Introducing Microsoft Defender

As our digital footprints grow and more devices and family members are online, protecting your personal information and devices becomes more important than ever. Additionally, you and your family’s device preferences can result in Windows, iOS, Android, and macOS devices all being represented in a single household—I know this from personal experience in my own family. As threats have become more sophisticated and the time spent online has increased during the pandemic, we are more vulnerable than ever.

To keep your data private and your devices secure, people often turn to multiple security products with scattered security monitoring and device management. This fragmentation makes it even more difficult to keep up with increasing online threats.

We must evolve our security solutions to meet unique customer needs at home and at work by merging existing technologies in new ways. That’s why we’re introducing Microsoft Defender for individuals. It’s built on our Microsoft Defender for Endpoint technology and leverages the same trusted security that businesses rely on. It complements our comprehensive range of security products and services as the newest member of our family of Microsoft Defender solutions and extends the protection already built into Windows Security.

What does Microsoft Defender do?

Microsoft Defender is simplified online security that meets you and your family where you are by consolidating multiple defenses into a single dashboard. It offers online protection for all the devices you and your family use. It offers tips and recommendations to further strengthen your protection. And as you expand your digital footprint by adding family members and devices, Defender grows with you, using proven technology to keep your defenses up to date.

This seamless solution, which includes continuous virus and phishing protection for your data and devices, allows you to:

  • Manage your safety precautions and view safety precautions for everyone in your family from one place user-friendly, centralized dashboard.2
  • View your existing antivirus (like Norton or McAfee). Defender recognizes these protections within the dashboard.
  • Extend protection from Windows devices to iOS, Android, and macOS devices cross-platform malware protection on the devices you and your family use most.3, 4
  • Receive Instant security alerts, solution strategies and expert tips to protect your data and devices.5

This is just the beginning. In the future, we will bring more protections together under a single dashboard, including features like identity theft protection and secure online connection. Microsoft Defender is simplified online security that grows with you and your family to protect you.

Try it today!

Expanding our security portfolio with Microsoft Defender for individuals is a natural and exciting progression in our journey as a security company. The Microsoft Defender app is available today for Microsoft 365 subscribers on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. It was designed based on the thoughts and feedback of so many families and people who use our products and we are very pleased to have it available today. Read about the value to Microsoft 365 subscribers and how to get there from the Microsoft 365 team, or try Microsoft Defender today. There is so much more to come and we look forward to sharing more on this journey to making the world a safer place for everyone!

To learn more about Microsoft security solutions, visit our website. Bookmark the security blog to keep up to date with our expert coverage of security issues. Also follow us at @MSFTSecurity for the latest cybersecurity news and updates.


1According to Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication log data. 2022.

2The app requires a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription and is available as a separate download.

3The app is available on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS in select Microsoft 365 Family or Personal billing regions.

4New anti-malware protection is not available when this protection is present on iOS and Windows.

5Safety tips are only available for Windows and macOS.

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