Soon, Microsoft Edge for Business will block screenshots, move set to eliminate data exfiltration 

Captured screenshots to display a black screen instead

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Microsoft Edge block screenshot

Microsoft is releasing a much-requested feature on its native browser, Edge, but it’s limited to the Business edition. The new feature will automatically block attempts to capture screenshots on Microsoft Edge, and a black screen will be displayed instead of the on-screen content!

The Redmond-based tech giant made the announcement in an official blog post detailing improvements to Microsoft Edge for Business.

We’re excited to announce that the data leak control capabilities in Edge for Business are expanding to support screenshot prevention policies. When these policies are set, screenshot attempts while using Edge on desktop will be prevented by showing a black screen instead of the protected content. This protection also applies to Copilot in the Edge sidebar so prompts and responses in Copilot cannot be captured by screenshot. These policies can be set across Microsoft 365, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps (MDA), Microsoft Intune Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Microsoft Purview.

IT administrators can seamlessly set the policy, reducing data exfiltration, a common problem across organizations. This may, in rare situations, affect day-to-day work. For instance, cases where the screenshots are to be shared within the organization. I hope Microsoft has a solution for that!

Also, the video shared by Microsoft shows Edge for Business blocking screenshots captured by the native Snipping Tool. We will have to wait to confirm whether it works the same way across third-party screenshot-capturing software.

As for availability, Microsoft has said that the screenshot prevention policies will be rolled out in the coming months. Although, an exact timeline has not been provided.

WhatsApp rolled out a similar feature that prevented users from capturing screenshots for photos set to View Once.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced extending the Defender for Cloud Apps to Edge for Business in a bid to boost security.

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