Microsoft Defender for Windows now allowing home network admins to deploy Android, iOS, and Mac clients to monitor antivirus, phishing, compromised passwords, and identity theft alerts from a single security dashboard.

AV solutions in general was very much a single PC application, where each device got its own protection, but none of the devices spoke to each other.if one device detected malware, only the person using the device would know about it, rather than providing a centralized reporting dashboard.

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With home networks became increasingly more complicated, connected, and diverse, antivirus vendors started to offer stripped-down versions of their enterprise products that allowed a home admin to manage all of their devices from a single dashboard.

Microsoft has been focusing on the enterprise’s security while leaving Windows 10 consumers with the passable but fairly generic built-in Microsoft Defender antivirus software.This is all about to change, with Microsoft building what appears to be a full featured home security suite for Windows 11, Windows 10, iOS, Android, and macOS.

This new preview is codenamed ‘Gibraltar‘ internally as it is currently restricted to Microsoft employees. This new security solution will include antivirus, phishing protection, password breach detection, identity theft monitoring, security recommendations, and more.

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Home admins will add other family members to their personal dashboard using email or QR code invites. These invites will likely allow a device to install an iOS, Android, Windows, or macOS agent that automatically enrolls in the family’s security dashboard