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Microsoft Defender for Windows is getting a massive overhaul

Microsoft Defender for Windows is getting a massive overhaul allowing home network admins to deploy Android, iOS, and Mac clients to monitor antivirus, phishing, compromised passwords, and identity theft alerts from a single security dashboard.

For the past few years, Microsoft has been focusing on the enterprise’s security while leaving Windows 10 consumers with the passable but fairly generic built-in Microsoft Defender antivirus software.

Based on a new Microsoft Defender Preview app added to the Microsoft Store last week, this is all about to change, with Microsoft building what appears to be a full-featured home security suite for Windows 11, Windows 10, iOS, Android, and macOS. “Microsoft Defender is a security application that gives you peace of mind. Through our personalized dashboard, you can view the security posture of your Windows device and other connected devices all in one place,” reads the Microsoft Defender Preview app description.

Windows software developer Ahmed Walid patched the application to bypass authentication, allowing us to get a glimpse of how the new Microsoft Defender security dashboard will look.

The Identity Theft Monitoring feature will support child, and adult subscriptions from API calls found in the Microsoft Defender Preview.

It is unclear when the Microsoft Defender Preview will be available to test, but it will likely come to Windows 10 and Windows 11 Insiders first in the coming months.

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