What Is Microsoft Defender for Individuals & What Does It Do

The Basics of Microsoft Defender for Individuals

When you hear about Microsoft adding security  apps to M365, it’s often the business versions. But the pandemic has changed  the way that we see the workplace. It’s now a hybrid world. One made up of  several connected “mini-offices” located in employee homes.

The outsourcing market has also contributed to  the change in company networks. Freelancers are often contracted to work the  same hours as employees. This means less overhead and taxes to pay.  Approximately 68% of large consumer products companies outsource a  part of their workforce.


What we’re getting at is that the need for home  devices and network security has never been greater. Company data is now at  the mercy of employee devices, situated in homes across the globe.

55% of employees use their own devices and software to  work from home.

Microsoft has been at the forefront of this huge  shift in the work environment. Its latest release is another example of how  it has positioned its products to address new needs.

The latest security offering by Microsoft is not  for business plans. It's for Personal and Family users of Microsoft 365. The company announced Microsoft Defender for Individuals on June 16,  2022. This is a brand-new digital home security tool.

The  Basics of Microsoft Defender for Individuals

Microsoft Defender is a new app that Microsoft  365 subscribers can download. Anyone with a Personal or Family plan can  access it for no extra cost.

According to Microsoft, there was a main driver  for offering Microsoft Defender. It was to protect the digital life of small  businesses and families. Small companies will often use consumer Microsoft  365 plans. This is because they are less expensive than the business plans.

This app brings many digital protections together  into one dashboard. These include the following.

Online  Security Visibility

Most families have several devices connected to  their network. This includes computers, tablets, and smartphones. It can be  hard to know which are vulnerable before a hacked device infects the others.

Microsoft Defender gives you visibility into the  security status of your devices. It does this in a single place. So, you  could see if that new phone of Sally’s has antivirus enabled. You can also  easily add or remove devices.

Device  Safeguards

The app includes extra protections from online  threats. These are in the form of help from antivirus and anti-phishing  protection.

You can use it to continually scan devices for  threats, both new and existing. You also gain control of scanning  customization. For example, you can note certain apps as safe and tell  Microsoft Defender what to scan.



Real-Time  Alerts & Recommendations

Hackers use automation and AI to unleash their  attacks and help them spread. This means that it’s often a race against the  clock to stop a breach from getting worse.

To react fast, you need to know something is  wrong. Microsoft Defender helps you by giving you real-time alerts. These  also come with recommended actions. So, you not only know something is wrong,  but you also know what to do about it.

What Else  Should You Know?

Here are a few other important things you should  know about using Microsoft Defender for Individuals.

Where Can  You Download It?

You can download Microsoft Defender for  Individuals from Microsoft here. You need to have a Microsoft 365 subscription  to either the Personal or Family plan.

What  Devices Can Use It?

You can use Defender to secure and monitor the  following devices:

·          Windows: Windows 10  version 19041.0 and higher

·          Mac: Intel Macs from  Catalina 10.15 and higher, and Apple silicon-based devices from 11.2.3 and up

·          iPhone: iOS 13.0 or  later

·          Android: Android OS 6.0  or later

How Many  Devices Can You Add?

Microsoft Defender allows you to watch the  security of many of your home or work devices. The M365 plan you have will  dictate how many.

·          If you have Microsoft  365 Personal plan, you can receive protection on up to 5 devices at the same  time.

·          If you have Microsoft  365 Family plan, you can receive protection on up to 30 devices at the same  time. (5 devices per person, 6 people total)

What Are  the Key Differences Between the Personal & Family Plans?

Both plans can access the many different Office  and other Microsoft applications. The main difference is how many people and  devices can use the Microsoft 365 services.

·          Microsoft 365 Personal:  $69.99 US/year, 1 person, 5 devices

·          Microsoft 365 Family:  $99.99 US/year, 6 people, 5 devices per person

So, if you want to sign up even 2 people, you’re  saving quite a bit with the Family plan. Even more, if you have six people  total using the service

What’s the  Difference Between Microsoft Security on Windows & Microsoft Defender?

Most Windows users are already familiar with the  Microsoft Security app. It comes pre-installed on Windows. Microsoft Defender  differs from this app in several ways.

Microsoft Defender:

·          Is not pre-installed on  Windows. You must download it.

·          It’s a cross-device  application used on many different devices

·          It includes features for  online security

·          It includes alerts and  security tips

Learn More  About Defender & Microsoft 365 Today

Are you looking to get more from your Microsoft  365 subscription? We can help! Reach out today to schedule a technology  consultation with our M365 experts.

Article used with permission from The Technology Press.