Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

Has hell frozen over? The antivirus software is built directly into Windows but in this implementation, the company has created a special standalone Mac version it is calling Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP).

Microsoft might see the Mac as a threat to its Windows platform, but that won't stop it from protecting macOS users.

Microsoft Threat and Vulnerability Management (TVM) added to Microsoft Defender ATP. It will carry out all the usual security software tasks you expect such as scanning a computer, detecting threats, and quarantining or removing risky files.

The Windows maker said it "strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available". Advanced settings include real-time protection and cloud-based protection.

Microsoft Defender ATP customers can apply for access to the preview.

Other basics included will be the option to white-list directories to exclude them from scans, and to check for Microsoft's "security intelligence updates" automatically or manually.

Microsoft has been steadily increasing the availability of its software on alternative platforms, including Android and iOS devices.

Microsoft has also announced the launch of Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and has also rolled out a handful of software updates, including those for Office 365 ProPlus, Windows 10, and Microsoft 365. It is arriving as a limited preview, offered to businesses first.

Henry T. Casey, Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems.

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