Microsoft Defender ATP antivirus is now available for Android in preview
If you’re a long-time Android user you’re probably aware that antivirus apps aren’t really necessary for the average person. As long as you visit safe websites and only install apps from trusted sources, you’ll be fine. However, for those users who require extra security, Android antivirus apps can be useful. That’s why Microsoft announced it would be bringing Defender to corporate devices this year.
Defender is Microsoft’s antivirus software for Windows PCs. There was a time when Defender was very lacking, but it’s improved a lot and actually performs on par with other antivirus software. Microsoft is now launching the public preview for Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) on Android through the Intune Company Portal app. The ICP app is a Mobile Device Management solution for deploying apps in an enterprise environment.
Microsoft will be rolling out more capabilities in the coming months. They are also planning to release Defender ATP for iOS later this year. The requirements and installation instructions for Defender ATP on Android can be found here.