From small netbooks to massive gaming towers, Windows Defender secures millions of machines running Microsoft’s operating system. But is it enough?
Microsoft Security Essentials Yesincluded in Used in Windows from 2009 until superseded by Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center.With this software, Microsoft ensures customers have some protection from the start . It costs them nothing and doesn’t require them to take any action.
Conservation that has evolved over the years
when’The first review from Microsoft, and it wasn’t very impressive. But it improved over time, so much so that it started earning top marks in reviews from independent labs like AV-Comparatives.
Defender didn’t exactly steal the show from McAfee and Bitdefender. You could chalk it up to decades of competitor name recognition, but testing revealed some notable flaws in Windows Defender.For example, Edge’s SmartScreen filter only blocks 68% of websites. This is especially bad compared to the 89% and 90% that Firefox and Chrome block. In these tests, Kaspersky and McAfee blocked 100% of phishing sites (tests performed by PCMag).
This is all the more disappointing because phishing attacks can do a lot of damage, and they don’t require an attacker’s sophistication. Phishing sites trick people into voluntarily providing personal information, such as credit card numbers, by impersonating legitimate websites.To learn more about this specific threat, you can read our how-to.
Windows Defender also doesn’t cover the same product lines as third-party security companies.The company that sold you the softwareBackup protection, password manager, One There are many more, usually bundled in a security suite.
Limitations of Windows Defender
The thing is, to get the best protection from Windows’ built-in security tools and features, you need to stick with Microsoft products.So that means you have to useInstead of Chrome or Firefox as the default browser, 365 instead of Workspace or LibreOffice, and Microsoft Teams instead of Slack or .
So if your Chrome or Firefox browsers come across a malicious website, you’ll have to rely on the browser’s own protection, not Microsoft’s (Chrome and Firefox’s protections are pretty good on their own).
Microsoft provides browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox, but only on machines running the Pro, Enterprise or Education editionsand Windows 11.
so thisWorks fine, your kids should be using Edge on Windows, not other browsers.You can also install Microsoft Family Safety on Devices and your child’s iOS, but requires a paid subscription to Microsoft Office 365.