Getting began with Microsoft Defender


Microsoft Defender is the straightforward method to defend your digital life and all your units. It is included as a part of your Microsoft 365 Household, or Private, subscription at no further price.

If you have not put in Defender in your units but, observe the steps in Putting in Microsoft Defender. 

Microsoft Defender is a safety app that helps individuals and households keep safer on-line with malware safety, internet safety, real-time safety notifications, and safety ideas. Microsoft Defender is included in a Microsoft 365 Household or Private subscription and works in your cellphone (Android or iOS), PC, and Mac.

Home windows Safety, previously referred to as Home windows Defender Safety Middle, is an app constructed into Home windows 10 or 11 that helps preserve your PC safer. It contains Microsoft Defender Antivirus, an antivirus device that helps defend you in opposition to viruses, ransomware, and different malware. 

For extra data, see Keep protected with Home windows Safety.

Home windows Defender Firewall is firewall software program constructed into Home windows that controls which community site visitors is allowed, or blocked, from passing to or out of your laptop throughout the community. Home windows Defender Firewall is on by default. 


Malware is malicious smoothware which may steal or harm your private knowledge similar to information, pictures, or messages. It might additionally monitor or spy on you, steal your cash, or use your system to trigger different mischief like attacking different individuals.

On Home windows, Mac, and Android Microsoft Defender can test information or apps you obtain and set up, in addition to run scans of information already in your system to identify any malware that will threaten your system.

To study extra about anti-malware see Getting began with anti-malware in Microsoft Defender. 

Tip:  Keep up-to-date and set up the most recent updates on all of your units and apps (particularly browsers) to assist forestall malware.

Microsoft Defender works alongside your current antimalware options, even when they’re made by different firms similar to Norton or Bitdefender.

Net safety 

Lots of the digital assaults we see are by means of dangerous web sites that attempt to trick you into revealing private data—similar to usernames and passwords, bank cards, or different account data—or putting in malware in your system. On Home windows, iOS, and Android Microsoft Defender will test hyperlinks that you just (or an app in your system) open to attempt to spot any that could be harmful.

If we discover a dangerous hyperlink, we’ll block it and allow you to know. 

To study extra about internet safety in Microsoft Defender, see Getting began with internet safety.

Tip:  What’s phishing? It’s a trick to steal your data or get you to put in malware by pretending to be a message from somebody you belief. For extra data see Shield your self from phishing.

Id theft monitoring

We’ve partnered with Experian® to carry world class id theft monitoring to Microsoft Defender. This function lets you monitor your individual id particulars, in addition to your loved ones’s, for breaches on each the general public web and the darkish internet

Vital: Id theft monitoring is at present solely obtainable to clients in america.

If we spot your private particulars in a breach, you’ll obtain an alert and an in depth breach report telling you precisely what knowledge was discovered and the place. You will get suggestions on what to do immediately to handle the state of affairs, particulars on how this may need occurred, data on the potential dangers, and recommendations on the best way to scale back the possibilities of it occurring once more.

You additionally get 24/7 cellphone entry to a group of extremely expert id theft professionals who can information you thru the method of addressing the breached particulars or present full-service id restoration companies within the occasion an id thief is utilizing your private particulars to commit fraud.

To study extra see Getting began with id theft monitoring in Microsoft Defender.

Including different units

You possibly can add as much as 4 extra units (for a complete of 5 per individual) to your Microsoft Defender account by putting in the app in your different units and signing in utilizing the identical private Microsoft account. These units will seem in your Microsoft Defender dashboard so you’ll be able to see the safety standing of all of your units in a single place. 

For extra data, see Including units to your Microsoft Defender account. 

Serving to to guard the entire household

For those who’re a Microsoft 365 Household subscriber, the individuals who have the Household Organizer position can assist to guard the units and identities of everyone within the household. When different relations set up Microsoft Defender and select to share their system safety or id monitoring standing, the household organizers will see that standing on their Microsoft Defender dashboard.

For extra data, See your loved ones’s units in Microsoft Defender.

We would love to listen to from you!

Your suggestions is vital to creating our merchandise higher, so if there’s something you want about Microsoft Defender, and particularly if there’s something you do not like, please tell us! You possibly can ship us suggestions within the app by going to the Assist and suggestions menu.

On Home windows or Mac, choose the  Help button button close to the highest proper of the window. On Android or iOS, faucet your account avatar on the high left to seek out Assist and suggestions.

Go to the Microsoft Defender group on Microsoft Solutions! 

Need to ask, or reply, questions on Microsoft Defender? Chat with others who’re utilizing Defender? Go to the Microsoft Solutions group for Microsoft Defender right here!

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