Microsoft Releases “Preview” Antivirus Application for Android

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Last February, Microsoft said it would release its antivirus application Defender for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has now started distributing the public preview version of Defender for Android.

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Antivirus Defender is not intended for general users, but for corporate customers Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), a security platform based on mobile device management for companies.

The company’s Defender ATP customers will get a new option on the dashboard that allows installing the Defender antivirus application on employees’ Android devices.

Defender itself has a way of working similar to other antivirus applications in general. This application can detect the presence of malware or other dangerous programs. “If an application is safe and can be downloaded, end users will get a notification notifying that the application is ‘clean’,” said Kanishka Srivastava, Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager.

“If Microsoft Defender ATP discovers that a malicious application is installed on the device, the system will categorize the device as ‘high risk’ and mark it in the Microsoft Defender Security Center,” Srivastava added.

Devices that are categorized as high risk can then be made unable to access company data, for example those stored on Outlook servers or OneDrive accounts, as compiled from ZD Net, Thursday (6/25/2020).

In addition to detecting malicious programs, Defender can also ward off phishing attempts. Links to dangerous sites sent by e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp or other applications will be blocked automatically.

Microsoft plans to add Defender capabilities in the next few months. A preview version of the antivirus Defender for iOS will be released later this year. Requirements and instructions for installing Defender for Android can be found at the following link.

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