Microsoft announced on Thursday (20) that it will launch its antivirus platform, Defender Advanced Threat Protection (or ATP, but you can even call it Microsoft Defender), for Android smartphones and tablets, for iPhones and iPads. In addition to Windows, the tool is now available for users of macOS and Linux.
As with other security solutions that are available for mobile platforms, Microsoft's Defender will work on prevention and can act to solve threats that are already on devices. The prevention will act as a firewall that prevents the user from entering addresses that are classified by the software giant as unsafe, in addition to limiting the action of phishing scams.
On Android the solution seems simple, but there is still no information on the implementation of Microsoft Defender within the Apple operating system, which is more closed and does not allow some actions to happen.
On the Macs side, Defender has been available since last year and also works to scan for threats that are on the computer, which can be complete or faster.
There is still the possibility that Microsoft Defender applications will work exclusively for the corporate audience, where Microsoft already has hands on and offers features like Azure and Office ProPlus. In this case, protection against leakage of sensitive data may make perfect sense.
Even with the announcement made yesterday, there is no official date for the launch of applications for smartphones and tablets. The upside is that if you're a Linux user, you can download the security solution today.