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Microsoft Defender ATP Antivirus App for Android Now Available in Public Preview

Microsoft Defender ATP Android app provides web protection, signature-based malware detection, and more.

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Microsoft Defender ATP Antivirus App for Android Now Available in Public Preview

Microsoft Defender ATP app is only available on Android for now

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  • Microsoft Defender ATP app is in public preview on Android
  • It is available for Microsoft Defender ATP customers
  • It provides web protection, malware protection, and a unified experience

Microsoft's Defender ATP antivirus app for Android is now in public preview. The company made the announcement on its community forum where it mentioned that the threats in the mobile space are unique, and the need for protecting mobile devices is increasingly imperative. The Microsoft Defender ATP app for Android is only available to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection customers and not the general public, which is why it is not listed on the Google Play store. Further, the company also announced that it is working on an iOS version as well.

The Microsoft Defender ATP app for Android, as detailed on the company's forum, offers protection against “phishing and unsafe network connections from apps, websites, and malicious apps.” Phishing attacks are when hackers try trick the target into giving their credentials like bank details, passwords, card details, etc. They disguise the emails or messages as if from a trustworthy entity. The Microsoft Defender ATP app is said to be able to block such links.

Further, the Android app provides web protection, including blocking unsafe connections and blocks unsafe URLs with the help of custom indicators, giving it more fine-grained control over allowing and blocking certain links. It comes with malware scanning that includes signature-based malware detection. “Scans are instantly performed detect malware and potentially unwanted applications (PUA). If a safe app is downloaded, the end user will see a lightweight notification letting them know the app is clean”, the forum states.

Additionally, the app can block access to sensitive data and offer a unified SecOps experience with Microsoft Defender Security Center. To start using the app on Android, Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection customers will need to turn on preview features in Microsoft Defender Security Center and download the Intune Company Portal app from the Google Play store. Notably, the defender app is only available for paying Microsoft Defender ATP customers and not the general public.

 


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