Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection now available for Android

The Defender ATP app on Android helps users scan applications and APKs for safety before installing them.

| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 22:39 IST
Microsoft Defender for Android lands on the Play Store
Microsoft Defender for Android lands on the Play Store (Pixabay)
Microsoft Defender for Android lands on the Play Store
Microsoft Defender for Android lands on the Play Store (Pixabay)

Microsoft has quietly rolled out its Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) application for Android users. The app is currently available in a preview version. Note that Microsoft users with 365 E5 license can only use the application.

Aimed at enterprise users, Microsoft Defender ATP is not a free application. The purpose of the app is to help enterprise/business users to stay protected from cybersecurity threats from malicious websites and apps that attempt to steal your information. The app also enables Security Operations teams to detect and investigate security incidents for the enterprise.

Top features of Microsoft Defender ATP for Android include an automatic alert for malicious apps and APKs that may get inadvertently installed on a user's device. The app also helps easily detect if an application or APK is safe to be installed.

Another highlight of the application is that it can automatically block access to a malicious website clicked through a message on WhatsApp or even traditional SMS.

For businesses, the app makes it easier to set up a custom list of dangerous applications, URLs and IP addresses. The app also features a dashboard to report an incident to Microsoft Defender Security Center portal.

“The app also has conditional Access integration based on device risk level with Intune and can block devices that do not meet organisation's device threat level compliance policy from accessing corporate resources such as e-mail, etc,” said Microsoft in the app description for the app.

Android Police first reported about the availability of the application on Google Play Store.

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First Published Date: 30 Aug, 12:00 IST
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