If you have a PC, you are probably familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Defender. It
has been around a while now, first released in 2006, and it has been included in
every version of Windows since Windows Vista. It is a free-to-download piece of
software, developed by Microsoft to provide cyber-security to all those on a
Windows operating system. Windows describes it as all-built in, always updated,
at no extra cost “next-generation antivirus and malware defence.” But with so
many premium cyber-security tools out there on the market, all claiming that in-
built security functionality is not sufficient to keep your device fully protected,
how does Microsoft’s own solution stack up? In this article, we take a look at all
that Windows Defender offers, what critics are saying, and if you really can just
rely on Microsoft for all your cybersecurity needs.
First things first, one of the...