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Everyday online security with 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 Personal or Family subscription.

Everyday online security with 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 Personal or Family subscription.

Everyday online security with 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 Personal or Family subscription.

Everyday online security with 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 Personal or Family subscription.

All-in-one online protection

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 family 

Keep your family safer online with identity monitoring,2, credit monitoring,3 , multi-device protection, and security alerts.4

Enhance your privacy protection

Protect your privacy on unsecure Wi-Fi networks by keeping your identity, data, and online activity anonymous.5

Get more with Microsoft 365

With Microsoft 365 you get Microsoft Defender, plus 1 TB of cloud storage and the productivity apps you know and love-all in one plan.1

Security in one place

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.

Identity theft monitoring

Protect your family’s personal information

  • Continuously scan the dark web for threats to your identity and personal identifying information.

  • Get credit monitoring with timely alerts and monthly credit reports.3

  • Easily add and monitor more than 60 different types of your family members’ personal information in your dashboard.

  • Receive alerts across your devices if personal information is found to be compromised or at risk of being compromised. 

  • Protect your identity and improve your online security using expert guidance in your dashboard. Follow expert guidance in your dashboard to protect your identity and improve your online security.  

  • Call an identity theft restoration expert anytime day or night if you need help. 

  • Obtain identity insurance coverage, up to USD1 million, to help cover legal and expert fees associated with restoration—as well as  up to USD100,000 to recover lost funds.6

Multidevice protection and alerts

Experience trusted device protection for you and your family

  • Protect your devices against new and existing threats with continuous antivirus and anti-phishing scans.7

  • 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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Advanced Wi-Fi protection

Keep your online activity safer from hackers and scammers

  • Easily turn on a virtual private network (VPN) in your Defender dashboard at any time to safeguard your Wi-Fi connection.5

  • Keep your location and IP address private with a VPN so hackers can’t trace your online activity.

  • VPN keeps your traffic data encrypted to safeguard your identity. 

  • Get added protection with VPN when using bank account, credit card, and social security information while on an unsecure Wi-Fi.

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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.8

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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 $6.99 now starting from $6.99

$6.99 $6.99

/month

(Annual subscription–auto renews)8

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

  •  Identity theft monitoring2  for more than 60 different types of personal data including your credit score3

  • Identity theft insurance6 up to USD1 million to cover restoration costs and restoration support that’s available anytime, day or night

  • Privacy protection with VPN5

  • 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 $9.99 now starting from $9.99

$9.99 $9.99

/month

(Annual subscription–auto renews)8

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

  • Identity theft monitoring2 for more than 60 different types of personal data, including your credit score3, per family member

  • Identity theft insurance6 up to USD 1 million to cover restoration costs and restoration support that’s available anytime, day or night

  • Privacy protection with VPN5

  • 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

More ways to stay safer online

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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.

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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 for individuals is a cross-device security app1 that helps individuals and families protect their personal data and devices. Stay safer online with malware protection,7 timely security alerts,4 VPN,5 identity theft monitoring,2 and credit monitoring3 in a single app for you and your family.

    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.
    Identity theft monitoring, credit monitoring, and VPN are only available in the United States and United States territories.

    What features are available with Microsoft Defender for individuals?

    Microsoft Defender for individuals includes the features below.

    A dashboard whare you can:

    • Monitor your online security status in a single, centralized view.1
    • See your and your family’s devices, identity theft monitoring, and credit status all in one place.
    • Add or remove devices.
    • Manually turn VPN on and off.5

    Protection across your devices that:

    • Helps prevent and detect malware.7
    • 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 alerts4 about changes to your device status, threats to your personal identity, and changes to credit activity or score.3
    • Recommendations to help keep your data and devices secure.
    • Tips that help improve your overall security.

     Identity theft monitoring that:

    • Alerts you if your personal information is compromised online.
    • Provides specialist recommendation support, anytime, day or night.
    • Includes restoration services if an active identity theft is found, anytime, day or night.
    • Enable family organizers to view their family members’ identity monitoring status.4
    • Offers up to $1 million of restoration insurance.6
    • Offers up to USD100,000 in lost funds reimbursement.6

     Credit monitoring and reporting3 services that:

    • Alert you of any changes in your credit activity and score.
    • Provide you with a monthly credit report email.
    • Enable you to request a credit report as needed.

    Privacy protection so you can:

    • Manually connect to a VPN,5 which is secure and encrypted, before connecting to public or unsecure Wi-Fi networks.

     

    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 subscription8 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 ($9.99 /month) or Personal ($6.99 /month). A 30-day Microsoft 365 Family trial is available for qualified users.8

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

    Microsoft Defender for individuals is available with either Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription plans.8

    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).

    Identity theft2 and credit monitoring3 is available for one person with a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription. A Microsoft 365 Family subscription includes identity theft and credit monitoring for up to six people.4 Learn more about Microsoft 365 Family plan benefits.

    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.8 Check your subscription status or purchase a Microsoft 365 subscription to get started with Microsoft Defender for individuals.

    You can also learn 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.
    • 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 into 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.7

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


    Microsoft Defender for individuals is a cross-device app that helps individuals and families stay safer online.1 Defender provides a simplified security dashboard, antivirus protection,7 antiphishing protection, identity theft monitoring,2 credit monitoring,3 and VPN.5 Defender for individuals brings device protection to iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, PCs, and Macs.7 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 and web protection on Android and iOS devices. Identity theft monitoring2 and credit monitoring3 is available for Android, macOS, Windows, and iOS devices, and on the Microsoft Defender web portal. VPN is available for Android.5

    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,7 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.

  • 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 USD1 million of identity theft insurance4 (See “Who provides the identity theft breach data and insurance? What does 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.

    What is inluded in credit monitoring? How does it monitor my credit?

    Credit monitoring3 includes:

    • Timely alerts of any changes in your credit activity and score.
    • Monthly credit report.
    • Credit report requests as needed.

    Credit monitoring3 helps you stay on top of changes to your credit score.

    Learn more about credit scores in Microsoft Defender.

    Users who provide their social security number within the Defender app, get the ability to view their credit score, retrieve new and historic events affecting their credit score, and receive notifications whenever a new event happens related to their credit score. Credit data is sourced from Experian®. 

    Credit score is a single bureau VantageScore 3.0 provided by Experian®. The monthly credit report is provided by Experian® using single bureau data.

    What identity 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’s providing the identity theft breach data and credit monitoring? What does the insurance cover?

    Microsoft is partnering with Experian® to provide identity theft monitoring2, credit monitoring3, and support within Microsoft Defender for individuals.

    If your identity gets stolen, the up to USD1 million insurance6 can help to cover the cost of identity restoration and expense reimbursement. Up to USD 100,0006 of direct damages are covered as well, including cash recovery.

    Can my family members get identity theft  and credit monitoring?

    Yes, within the Microsoft 365 Family subscription, organizers within the family can add their own personal information for identity theft2 and credit monitoring3. Family organizers may also add the personal information of additional family members for identity and credit monitoring if permission is granted4. (See "What Microsoft 365 subscription option is best for me when using Microsoft Defender for individuals?" below.)

    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 theft2 and credit monitoring2,3. This information is stored and secured by Experian®. Your personal information will not be shared with or 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 what action to take to resolve the problem. If you need further support, you can call an identity theft restoration expert to receive personalized recommendations or restoration support services.

  • What is included in privacy protection? How does it protect my personal data and anonymity?

    Privacy protection5 includes:

    • Ability to turn on a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
    • Encryption of your personal information.
    • Hiding your IP address and location.

    A VPN5 is a secure, encrypted connection that protects users on unsecure Wi-Fi for safer browsing, app usage, gaming, and messaging. A VPN creates an encrypted “tunnel” between your device and a server out in the world. All of the traffic inside that tunnel is encrypted, so if you’re using an unsecure Wi-Fi network an attacker may be able to see that a VPN tunnel has been established but the content flowing inside that tunnel will be hidden from them.

  • 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
  • [1] Microsoft 365 Family or Personal subscription is required. Note that Microsoft Defender is currently not available in certain Microsoft 365 Personal or Family regions.
  • [2] Feature is available in the United States and US territories.
  • [3] Feature available in the United States and US territories. Credit score is a single bureau VantageScore 3.0 provided by Experian®. The monthly credit report is provided by Experian® using single bureau data. For users under the age of 18 or those without a credit history, credit score not included. Family organizers will not have the ability to onboard, view, and receive alerts related to family member credit monitoring. Your device's primary display language must be set to English.
  • [4] A one-time parent or legal guardian verification is required to receive dark web threat 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 of family members over 13 years of age.
  • [5] Privacy protection (VPN) is available on Android devices in the United States and US territories. Privacy protection is coming soon to Windows. Some streaming services are excluded. After 10 GB per month, data transfer speeds may be limited.
  • [6] 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.
  • [7] Does not replace existing malware protection on iOS and Windows devices.
  • [8] Subscription automatically renews. Cancel any time to stop future charges.
  • [9] After your one-month free trial, Microsoft 365 Family is $99.99 per year. Credit card required. Cancel any time to stop future charges.

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