Microsoft web content filtering is now a free service  

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  • As cyber threats increasingly become sophisticated, Microsoft Defender ATP is one of the most common security solutions available to enterprise and individual Windows 10 users today.
  • The Microsoft Defender ATP web content filtering service no longer requires additional partner licensing.
  • There's no doubt that your attack surface expands with increased access to the web and the use of web-facing apps. Check out the private browsing section for more guides.
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Defender ATP web protection

As cyber threats increasingly become sophisticated, Microsoft Defender ATP is one of the most common security solutions available to enterprise and individual Windows 10 users today. The role of the platform gets bigger with each passing day, and now it even offers web content filtering.

Microsoft web content filtering service

Web content filtering has been part of the Microsoft Defender ATP platform for a while now. It has been in public preview, but not for free.

Well, that has changed, with Microsoft announcing that you can use the security tool without having to get additional partner licensing.

If you’re a system admin, this announcement means that you can use the feature to control access to specific web destinations without necessarily getting extra agents or hardware or incurring additional costs.

We have heard your feedback and are excited to share that going forward, web content filtering will be offered as part of Microsoft Defender ATP without any additional partner licensing. Now you get the benefits of web content filtering without the need for additional agents, hardware, and costs.

Microsoft made this decision after users had provided feedback that the feature was too costly to implement.

The good news to users whose partner licenses had expired is that Microsoft has now reactivated all their policies. And, going forward, if your license expires, you’ll continue to access the web content filtering service.

With the web protection feature, you can set access policies based on device groups. In addition, the feature lets you track and regulate access to sites based on their content.

Recently, the Redmond-based company launched Microsoft Defender ATP for Android in public preview. Also, the multi-platform cybersecurity tool now offers security services for Linux distributions.

Have you used the new Microsoft Defender ATP? Feel free to share your feedback or ask any question in the comments section below.