Microsoft has announced an extension of its software subscription package to help users better protect their various devices against cyber threats.
As described in a new blog post (opens in new tab)† Microsoft 365 (opens in new tab) customers will now benefit from a service called Microsoft Defender for Individuals, billed as “a new security app designed to keep individuals and families safer online”.
The application provides users with a way to protect and monitor all of their devices — across macOS, iOS, and Android, as well as Windows — from a single integrated dashboard. It also provides tips and suggestions to help users further strengthen their protection.
Microsoft Defender for individuals
The goal of the new service, Microsoft says, is to eliminate complexities that arise from using multiple different security products across multiple devices and operating systems.
For example, someone can antivirus and ransomware protection service on their Windows PC, but use a different product to protect against the same types of attacks on their iPhoneand another on their android tablet†
However, Microsoft claims that this distributed approach creates gaping holes in the security armor, making full surveillance virtually impossible.
“To keep your data private and devices secure, people often turn to multiple security products, with distributed security monitoring and device management. This fragmentation makes it even more difficult to keep up with the increasing online threats,” explains Vasu Jakkal, CVP for Security Compliance, Identity and Management.
“We must develop our security solutions to meet the unique needs of customers at home and at work by bringing existing technologies together in new ways.”
While some users rely solely on Microsoft security products, the company understands that many also choose to opt for alternative services, from companies like Norton and McAfee. As such, Microsoft has built support for third-party products into the Microsoft Defender for Individuals dashboard.
The service also promises to extend the standard Windows malware protections on all devices, although it does not override existing protections where they exist.
“We are proud to take this step forward in our continued commitment to security for all,” Microsoft wrote. “The introduction of Microsoft Defender is just the beginning to help you and your family fully secure your digital life with technology you can rely on.”
Microsoft Defender for Individuals is now available to anyone with a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription, with additional features (such as: identity theft protection) which will be included at a later date.