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Microsoft releases version of Windows Defender for macOS

Whether you are against or in favor of using anti-malware security software (the popular antivirus) on Macs, the fact that new services and applications of this type are always welcome for some users and the latest option came from a company. not widely recognized in the field of online security: Microsoft.

Today, the Redmond giant announced the launch of the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), basically a multiplatform version of Windows Defender.

A limited version of Microsoft Defender ATP is available as of today for macOS Sierra 10.12 or later, but for business or corporate customers only. It is not yet clear when (or if) the company intends to release a version of the software for users in general.

According to Microsoft, its main focus is to offer both Mac and PC companies an antivirus that can unify and simplify the work of security teams in these locations (all managed by cloud services). In general, the software performs the same functions on both MacOS and Windows, such as quick (and full) scans, threat detection, and more.

The software also includes a new threat and vulnerability management feature designed to help security teams discover and remediate vulnerabilities caused by incorrect system configurations. Like other company products, Defender ATP is part of Microsoft 365, which includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Although Macs are significantly less vulnerable to malware and other attacks (compared to Windows), they are not completely immune. In that sense, it turns and moves we follow cases of fake installers and exploits which gives you access to various information stored on the Mac.

Generally, the features of sandboxing And MacOS Multilevel Verification helps prevent such malicious software from being installed, but there are a multitude of techniques nowadays that bypass these native security features without much difficulty.

via The Verge