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Online security, simplified

Simplify your online protection

Simplify your online security with one easy-to-use app1 that helps keep you one step ahead of hackers and scammers.

Safeguard your devices

Get trusted antivirus protection2 for you and your family.

Stay ahead of hackers and scammers

Get timely multidevice alerts with recommended actions plus security tips about how to stay safer online.

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Manage your online security in one place

  • Check the security status of your family’s devices.

  • Get timely alerts and notifications across your devices.

  • Take recommended actions to improve your online security.

  • Receive quick security tips to be safer online.

  • View alerts and device activity history from the past 30 days. 

  • See the status of other antivirus protections you may be using, such as Norton or McAfee.

  • Easily access your dashboard in the app or a web browser.

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Experience trusted device protection for you and your family

  • Protect your devices against new and existing threats with continuous antivirus and anti-phishing scans.2

  • Get alerted if malicious apps are found and take steps to uninstall and remove the threats.

  • Receive notifications across your devices when a security risk is identified. 

  • Specify apps and files you use regularly and don’t want Microsoft Defender to scan.

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Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers can get started now

Microsoft Defender is available for download with a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription.3

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Get the Microsoft Defender mobile app

Get the Microsoft Defender mobile app

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Subscribe to Microsoft 365 to get started with Defender for individuals1

Get advanced online protection plus secure cloud storage and innovative apps designed to fit your needs all in one plan.

Microsoft 365 Personal

Originally starting from £5.99 now starting from £5.99

£5.99 £5.99

/month

(Annual subscription–auto renews)3

  • Antivirus and antiphishing protection for 1 person, up to 5 devices at the same time

  • Continuous monitoring for device threats

  • Multidevice alerts

  • Security tips and recommendations

  • 1 TB (1,000 GB) of cloud storage

  • Premium desktop, web, and mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more apps

  • Ad-free Outlook.com, desktop, and mobile app email and calendar with advanced security features

  • OneDrive advanced file and photo protection

  • Microsoft technical support

Microsoft 365 Family

Originally starting from £7.99 now starting from £7.99

£7.99 £7.99

/month

(Annual subscription–auto renews)3

  • Antivirus and anti-phishing protection for up to 6 people, up to 5 devices per person at the same time

  • Continuous monitoring for device threats

  • Multidevice alerts

  • Security tips and recommendations

  • Up to 6 TB of cloud storage (1 TB per person)

  • Premium desktop, web, and mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more apps

  • Ad-free Outlook.com, desktop, and mobile app email and calendar with advanced security features

  • OneDrive advanced file and photo protection

  • Microsoft technical support

 Looking for security for your business?

Get Microsoft Defender for Business, enterprise-grade endpoint security, as a standalone solution or as part of Microsoft 365 Business Premium, our comprehensive security and productivity suite.

Explore the Microsoft Defender product family

Discover the range of solutions to help keep your data safer.

 

Find answers to commonly asked questions

  • What is Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Microsoft Defender is a multidevice security app1 that helps individuals and families protect their data and devices, and stay safer online with malware protection2, timely security notifications, security tips, and recommendations.

    Where is Microsoft Defender for individuals available?

    Microsoft Defender for individuals is available where Microsoft 365 Personal and Family are sold with a few exceptions.

    What features are available with Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Microsoft Defender for individuals includes the features below.

    A dashboard where you can:

    • Monitor your online security status in a single, centralized view.1
    • See your and your family's devices in one place.
    • Add or remove devices.

    Protection across your devices that:

    • Helps prevent and detect malware.2
    • Continuously scans for new and existing threats.
    • Gives you control over what is scanned by enabling you to identify apps and files that you consider safe.

    Safety alerts and recommendations including:

    • Timely alerts about changes to your device status.
    • Recommendations to help keep your data and devices secure.
    • Tips that help improve your overall security.

     

    How do I get Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    1. The Microsoft Defender for individuals app is available for download in the Microsoft StoreApple App Store, and Google Play Store. Microsoft Defender for individuals is available for direct download for Mac and can also be accessed from any connected device on the Microsoft Defender web portal.

    2. A Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription is required. Sign into the app with your personal Microsoft account. Upon sign in, your personal account is validated for a Microsoft 365 subscription and access to Microsoft Defender for individuals is granted.

    3. If you don't have a valid Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription, you can purchase a subscription in the app or on the Microsoft 365 comparison page.

  • Do I need a Microsoft 365 subscription to use Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Yes, a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription3 is required to use Microsoft Defender for individuals. If you're already an existing Microsoft 365 subscriber, you'll gain access to Microsoft Defender for individuals upon sign in. If you're not currently a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you'll be required to purchase a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription plan to access Microsoft Defender for individuals upon sign in.

    Microsoft 365 plans include: Family (£7.99 /month) or Personal (£5.99 /month). A 30-day Microsoft 365 Family trial is available for qualified users.4

    What Microsoft 365 subscription option is best for me when using Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Microsoft Defender for individuals is available with either a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription plan.3

    With a Microsoft 365 Personal plan, you can sign in with your Microsoft account and receive device protectionfor yourself on up to five devices simultaneously. With the Microsoft 365 Family plan, you and your family members can sign in with their Microsoft account and receive device protection on up to 30 total devices simultaneously (five per person, up to six people total).

    If I’m using a corporate-managed mobile device and I already have Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, can I gain access to Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Yes, if you have a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription.3 Check your subscription status or purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription to get started with Microsoft Defender for individuals.

    You can also find out more about using your personal Microsoft Defender on a device managed by your organization.

  • What are the system requirements for Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    • Windows: Windows 10 version 19041 or higher. ARM64 support on Windows 11 build 22621 or higher.
    • Mac: MacOS 11.0 and up, and both Intel and Apple Silicon CPU. Disk space required: 2 GB. 
    • iPhone: iOS 14.0 or later
    • Android: Android OS 8.0 and up

     

    Is Microsoft Defender for individuals built-in to the Windows operating system?

    No, Microsoft Defender for individuals is a Microsoft 365 app1 for that can be downloaded from Apple, Google, and Microsoft app stores, as a direct download on Mac, or accessible via the Microsoft Defender web portal. Once downloaded, the Microsoft Defender app extends the device protection already built-in to Windows Security beyond your PC to your mac, iOS, and Android devices.2

  • What is the difference between Microsoft Defender for individuals and Windows Security?


    Microsoft Defender for individuals is a multidevice app that helps individuals and families stay safer online.1 Defender provides a simplified security dashboard, antivirus protection2, and anti-phishing protection. Defender for individuals brings device protection to iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, PCs, and Macs.2 Defender for individuals is available in the Apple, Google, and Microsoft app stores, as a direct download for Mac, or accessible via the Microsoft Defender web portal. Defender for individuals requires a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription to use.

    Windows Security (formerly known as Windows Defender Security Center) is security built into Windows to help protect your device and data. Windows Security is pre-installed and automatically enabled. Windows Security includes Microsoft Defender Antivirus software that helps protect your Windows device and data against viruses, ransomware, trojans, and other malware unless a non-Microsoft Antivirus solution is active. Windows Security virus and threat protection status is displayed within Microsoft Defender to provide a unified view of your security status, across all your devices. 


    Is the same protection provided across all devices and platforms?


    Microsoft Defender for individuals provides anti-malware protection on Android and macOS devices and web protection on Android and iOS devices.  

    For Windows PC and devices, anti-malware and web protection is provided by Windows Security.

    Will Microsoft Defender for individuals work with my antivirus software such as Norton and McAfee?

    Yes. Because our priority is to ensure your PC has protection, the Microsoft Defender app1 works with built-in Windows Security or your third-party antivirus solution—rather than replacing it. You can extend Microsoft Defender for individuals protection to your Mac, iOS,2 and Android devices and get a unified, at-a-glance view of your device’s protection status on the Defender dashboard, including that gathered from other antivirus solutions you may be using. To manage your security settings further, you can launch either your Windows or third-party security solution from within Microsoft Defender for individuals.

  • How do I get help with Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Check out Microsoft Support for help in getting started, or go to the Help and Feedback menu in the Microsoft Defender app.

    How do I share feedback?

    We encourage you to share feedback in the app by going to the Help and Feedback menu. 

    To find Help and Feedback:

    • From within Windows, select the ? button near the top right of the window
    • On your Android or iOS device, tap your account avatar at the top left of the screen

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