Microsoft Defender

An easy-to-use security app for individuals and families that helps protect identities (US only), data, and devices from online threats. Available exclusively with a Microsoft 365 subscription.

Mobile and desktop displays of the Microsoft Defender dashboard.

Online security, simplified

All-in-one security app

Get one centralized view1 to easily manage and monitor the security status of your and your family’s personal information2, computers, and phones3.

Safeguard your identity and devices

Get trusted antivirus and identity theft monitoring2 for you and your family. 

Stay ahead of hackers and scammers

Get real-time alerts with recommended actions plus security tips about how to stay safer online.

Manage your security in one place

A desktop display of the dashboard in Microsoft Defender.
    • Access a simple dashboard to easily check your protections and take actions to stay safer online.
    • Quickly check the security status of your and your family’s protected devices.
    • Review alerts and take recommended actions.
    • View the status of other antivirus protections you and your family may be using.

Improve the security of your identity with Experian®

Mobile and desktop displays of Microsoft Defender showing protected devices.
    • Help protect your and your family’s identity with continuous web monitoring of your personal data. 
    • Receive alerts if your or a family member’s information is compromised or at risk. 
    • Use expert guidance to take steps to protect your and your family’s identity. 
    • Call an identity theft restoration expert anytime, day or night.
    • Get identity theft insurance4, up to USD 1 million, to help cover fees associated with restoration. 

Get reliable device protection

A desktop display of information about a device protected by Microsoft Defender.
    • Protect your and your family’s devices against malware5, spyware, and ransomware with continuous antivirus and anti-phishing scans. 
    • Get alerted if any malicious apps are detected.
    • Specify files and apps that you use regularly and don’t want Microsoft Defender to scan.
       

Stay informed and stay safer

Mobile and desktop displays of a list of a user’s devices covered by Microsoft Defender.
    • Review security tips in your dashboard to help keep you and your family safer online. 
    • Stay ahead of threats with daily automatic updates to your protections.
       

Microsoft 365 subscribers can get started now

Microsoft Defender is available for download with a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription.5

Subscribe to Microsoft 365 to get started with Defender for individuals1

Get premium Microsoft 365 apps and security with your subscription.

Microsoft 365 Personal

Microsoft 365 Personal $6.99

/ month

(Annual subscription–auto renews)6

Defender features:

  • Online protection for 1 person, up to 5 devices at the same time
  • Identity theft monitoring2 and support
  • Antivirus and anti-phishing protection 
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Real-time alerts
  • Security tips

 

Microsoft 365 features:

  • 1 TB (1000 GB) of cloud storage
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint with offline access and premium features
  • OneDrive ransomware protection for your files and photos
  • Outlook ad-free email
  • Microsoft Editor advanced spelling, grammar, and writing assistance
  • Microsoft Teams all-day video calling
  • Clipchamp10 video editor with premium filters & effect

Learn more > 

 

 Apps and services included

  • MicrosoftWord
  • MicrosoftExcel
  • MicrosoftPowerPoint
  • MicrosoftDefender
  • MicrosoftOneDrive
  • MicrosoftOutlook
  • MicrosoftTeams
  • MicrosoftClipchamp

Microsoft 365 Family

Microsoft 365 Family $9.99

/ month

(Annual subscription–auto renews)6

Defender features:

  • Online protection for up to 6 people, up to 5 devices per person at the same time
  • Identity theft monitoring2 and support
  • Antivirus and anti-phishing protection
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Real-time alerts
  • Security tips

 

Microsoft 365 features:

  • Up to 6 TB of cloud storage (1 TB per person)
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint with offline access and premium features
  • OneDrive ransomware protection for your files and photos
  • Outlook ad-free email
  • Microsoft Editor advanced spelling, grammar, and writing assistance
  • Microsoft Teams all-day video calling
  • Additional features in the Family Safety mobile app8
  • Clipchamp10 video editor with premium filters & effect

Learn more > 

 

 Apps and services included

  • MicrosoftWord
  • MicrosoftExcel
  • MicrosoftPowerPoint
  • MicrosoftDefender
  • MicrosoftOneDrive
  • MicrosoftOutlook
  • MicrosoftTeams
  • MicrosoftClipchamp
  • MicrosoftFamily Safety

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What is Microsoft Defender for individuals?

Microsoft Defender for individuals is a cross-device security app1,3 that helps individuals and families protect their data and devices, and stay safer online with malware protection5, real-time security notifications, security tips, and identity theft monitoring2.

Where is Microsoft Defender for individuals available?

Microsoft Defender for individuals is available where Microsoft 365 is sold with a few exceptions.
Identity theft monitoring is only available in the United States and United States territories.

What features will be available within Microsoft Defender for individuals?

Microsoft Defender for individuals includes the features below.
A dashboard that allows you to:

  • Monitor your online security status in a single, centralized view.
  • See your and your family’s devices in one place.1
  • Add or remove devices.3

Protection across your devices that:

  • Provides malware protection.5
  • 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:

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

(NEW!) Identity theft monitoring2 that:

  • Alerts you if your personal information was compromised online.
  • Provides specialist recommendation support, anytime, day or night.
  • Includes restoration services if an active identity theft is found, anytime, day or night.
  • Allows family organizers to view their family’s identity monitoring.6
  • Offers up to $1 million of restoration insurance.4


How do I get Microsoft Defender for individuals?
 

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

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 here

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

Yes, a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription7 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 subscription plan to access Microsoft Defender for individuals upon sign-in.

Microsoft 365 plans include: Family ($9.99/month) or Personal ($6.99/month). A 30-day trial is available for qualified users8.

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

Microsoft Defender for individuals is available across both Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscription plans7.

With a Microsoft 365 Personal plan, you can sign-in with your Microsoft account and receive device protection for yourself on up to 5 devices3 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 (5 per person, up to 6 people total).

Identity theft monitoring2 is available for one person with a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription. A Microsoft 365 Family subscription includes identity theft monitoring for up to 6 people6. For additional benefits to the Microsoft 365 Family plan, see here.

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, but a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription7 is required. Check your subscription status here or purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription to get started with Microsoft Defender for individuals.

If you’re using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on a corporate-managed mobile device, please reference 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 19041.0 or higher. Microsoft Defender for individuals is not currently supported on ARM-based devices.
  • Mac: Intel Macs from Catalina 10.15+ upwards, Apple Silicon based Macs from 11.2.3+ upwards. Disk Space: 2GB.
  • iPhone: Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
  • Android: Requires Android OS 6.0 and up.


Is Microsoft Defender for individuals built into the Windows operating system?

No, Microsoft Defender for individuals is a new standalone Microsoft 365 app1,3 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 devices5
 

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

Microsoft Defender
for individuals is a new cross-device app that helps individuals and families stay safer online1,3. Microsoft Defender for individuals provides a simplified user interface with a streamlined dashboard, security notifications, tips, an identity theft monitoring2. Microsoft Defender for individuals also brings valuable device protection to iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, PCs, and Macs,5. Microsoft 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 requires a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription to use.

Windows Security, formerly known as Windows Defender Security Center, is built-in security on Windows PCs to protect your device and data. Windows Security is pre-installed and automatically enabled. Windows Security includes Microsoft Defender Antivirus software that protects your Windows device and data against viruses, ransomware, trojans, and other malware unless a non-Microsoft Antivirus is active.

Is the same protection provided across all devices and platforms?

Microsoft Defender for individuals provides anti-malware protection on Android and macOS and web protection on Android and iOS4. Identity theft monitoring2 is available on Android, macOS, Windows, iOS, and within the Microsoft Defender web portal.

On Windows, anti-malware and web protection is provided by Windows Security.

What is the difference between Microsoft Defender for individuals and Microsoft Family Safety?

Microsoft Defender for individuals and Family Safety are two separate apps dedicated to security and safety from Microsoft.

Microsoft Defender is a security app1,3 that helps individuals and families protect their devices and online identities with malware protection4, real-time notifications, security tips; and identity theft monitoring2, support, and insurance4.

The Microsoft Family Safety app helps empower families to build better habits with digital and physical safety features like screen time limits, content filters, online activity reports, and location sharing9 to keep up to date on family members whereabouts.

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

Yes. Microsoft’s priority is to ensure your PC is protected, either with built-in Windows Security or a third-party antivirus solution. The Microsoft Defender app1,3 works with Windows Security, as well as other third-party antivirus software. The Microsoft Defender for individuals dashboard provides a glanceable view of your device’s protection status3,5, including 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. Microsoft Defender for individuals does not replace Windows Security or third-party antivirus on your PC, instead it works with your active security software and allows you to extend your protection to Mac, iOS5, and Android devices, while viewing the status of each device from a single dashboard.

 

What is included in identity theft monitoring? How does it monitor my personal identity?

Identity theft monitoring2 includes:

  • Advanced online scanning for your identity and personal data (See “What information is monitored?” below).
  • Alerts and recommendations when your personal data and identity is compromised.
  • Specialist support, available anytime, day or night to help you restore your personal data and identity when compromises occur.
  • Up to $1 million of identity theft insurance4 (See “Who is providing identity theft breach data and insurance? What will the insurance cover?” below).

Identity theft monitoring2 helps to protect you by monitoring for data breaches online and alerting you if Microsoft Defender for individuals finds your personal information on the dark web. Microsoft Defender for individuals provides recommendations and support to enhance online safety, anytime day or night restoration support, and identity theft insurance4

What information is monitored?

Identity theft monitoring2 can search for personal information you provide such as the following:

User IDs, passwords, email addresses, first/middle/last names, date of birth, residential addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, national IDs, driver’s license information, medical IDs/providers, mother’s maiden name, passport information, bank information, credit/debit card information, retail card numbers, and eBay/PayPal information.

Who is providing the identity theft breach data and insurance? What will the insurance cover?

Microsoft is partnering with Experian® to provide identity theft monitoring2 and support within Microsoft Defender for individuals.

Up to USD 1 million insurance4 can help to cover the cost of identity restoration and expense reimbursement if your identity has been stolen. Up to USD 100,0004 of direct damages are covered as well, including cash recovery.

Can my family members get identity theft monitoring?

Yes, within the Microsoft 365 Family subscription, organizers within the family can add their own personal information for identity theft monitoring. Family organizers may also add the personal information of additional family members6 for identity monitoring2 if permission is granted. (See question: What Microsoft 365 subscription option is best for me when using Microsoft Defender for individuals?)

If the family member is over the age of 13, the organizer will need the member’s consent to either manage or monitor their information. Family members over the age of 13 can change the organizer’s access at any time.

Who has access to my personal information?

Microsoft does not save or store your personal information when you use identity theft monitoring2 and support. This information is stored and secured by Experian®. Your personal information will not be sold to a third party or used for purposes other than monitoring.

How do I get notified and what do I do if my information is found online?

If your personal information is compromised online, Microsoft Defender for individuals will alert you and provide guidance on how to take action to resolve the problem. If you are looking for further support, you can call an identity theft restoration expert to receive personalized recommendations or restoration support services.

 

How do I get help with Microsoft Defender for individuals?

Check out Microsoft Support for help in getting started. Visit Getting started with Microsoft Defender, or go to Help and Feedback 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.

On Windows select the button near the top right of the window. On Android or iOS tap your account avatar at the top left to find Help and Feedback.
 

  1. App requires a Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription and is available as a separate download.
  2. Identity theft monitoring is only available in the United States and US territories.
  3. App is available on Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS in select Microsoft 365 Personal or Family regions.
  4. The identity theft insurance is underwritten and administered by American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida, an Assurant company. Please refer to the actual policies for terms, conditions, and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions. Review the Summary of Benefits.
  5. New malware protection is not available where these protections exist on iOS and Windows.
  6. A one-time parent or legal guardian verification is required to receive alert details for children. If the organizer’s family member is under 13, consent is not required to create and/or monitor a child’s identity. Consent is required to create and/or monitor identity theft status of family members over 13 years of age. If the organizer’s family member is under 13, consent is not required to create and/or monitor a child’s identity. Consent is required to create and/or monitor identity theft status of family members over 13 years of age.
  7. Subscription automatically renews. Cancel any time to stop future charges.
  8. After your 1-month free trial, Microsoft 365 Family is $99.99 per year. Credit card required. Cancel any time to stop future charges.
  9. Location permissions must be active, and a Microsoft 365 Family subscription is required to receive location alerts and use driving safety features. Content filters work with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, Xbox One, and Android, and blocks other commonly used browsers. Screen time limits work on apps and games on Windows, Xbox, and Android; device limits work on Windows and Xbox.
  10. App available as separate download; must accept Clipchamp terms of service and privacy policy.