Microsoft Windows Defense is getting a major overhaul that allows home network administrators to deploy Android, iOS, and Mac clients to monitor anti-virus, phishing, password leaks and identity theft alerts from a secure dashboard.
In the past, antivirus solutions were very single PC applications, each device had its protection, but none of the devices talked to each other.
With this setup, if a device detects a malware, only the person using the device knows about it, rather than providing a centralized reporting dashboard.
As home networks become more complex, connected, and diverse, antivirus vendors are starting to offer stripped-down versions of their enterprise offerings that allow home administrators to manage all devices from a single dashboard.
Microsoft's full-featured home security suite
Over the past few years, Microsoft has focused on enterprise security, while Windows 10 users have had to use passable but fairly generic Microsoft antivirus software built into the software.
That's all about to change, based on a new Microsoft Defender Preview app that was added to the Microsoft Store last week, with Microsoft building a full-featured home security suite for Windows 11, Windows 10, iOS, Android, and macOS.
"Microsoft Defender is a security app that puts your mind at ease. With our personalized dashboard, you can view the security posture of your Windows device and other connected devices (Mac, iOS, and Android) in one place, "reads the Description of the Microsoft Defender Preview app.
The new preview is internally codenamed "Gibraltar" because it is currently limited to Microsoft employees.
However, strings found in executable files by BleepingComputer indicate that the new security solution will include anti-virus, phishing protection, password leak detection, identity theft monitoring, security advice, and more.
Home administrators will add other family members to their dashboards via email or QR code invitations. These invitations may lead to the device installing an iOS, Android, Windows, or macOS agent that automatically registers into the home's security dashboard.
Ahmed Walid, a Windows software developer, tinkered with the app to bypass authentication, giving us a glimpse of what the new Microsoft Defender security dashboard will look like.
The dashboard will allow you to view device health alerts for Identity and Connection monitoring to come. In addition, the identity theft surveillance feature will support API calls found in the Microsoft Defender preview subscription for both children and adults.
Using their "personal dashboard," home network administrators can monitor "health" alerts for all registered devices, which may include password leaks, malware alerts, or identity theft issues.
It is unclear when the Microsoft Defender Preview will be available for beta testing, but it will likely first appear on Windows 10 and Windows 11 Insiders in the coming months.
BleepingComputer has reached out to Microsoft for further questions about this new feature and will update the post if we hear back.
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