Hybrid work triggers enhanced phishing protection in Microsoft’s Teams

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  • Microsoft is about to add yet another feature to the Teams app, designed to further bolster our security.
  • Based on the staggering number of attack attempts, the tech company is implementing enhanced phishing protection.
  • As hybrid work seems to stretch out over an indefinite period, this security feature is of paramount importance.
  • So, they will now use Safe Links in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 to protect Teams users from phishing attacks that use malicious URLs.
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It’s no longer a mystery that Teams is becoming an essential and integral part of Microsoft’s strategy when it comes to online collaboration and communication.

Thus, the Redmond tech company provides regular updates packed with new features, ensuring a deeper integration for the software in Windows 11.

The latest feature to come out of the Microsoft factory is enhanced protections against phishing for the Teams app.

Teams is about to receive enhanced phishing protection

Microsoft specified that, based on its surveys and statistics from the past 18 months, Teams is being heavily used by organizations.

What the tech company is trying to underline with this affirmation is that hybrid work is most likely here to stay.

Thus, it has become even more essential to provide these companies with the latest security features.

So, the Redmond-based tech giant will now use Safe Links in Microsoft Defender for Office 365 to protect Teams users from phishing attacks that use malicious URLs.

To give you a better understanding of what this means exactly, know that Safe Links provides time-of-click validation of URLs to scan URLs once a user clicks on them, and then issue a warning if it is malicious in nature.

Microsoft stated that this represents an extremely important security check because, according to its experts, attackers utilize more than two million unique URL-based payloads each month.

The numbers are astonishing, as over 100 million phishing emails are detected and blocked by the company’s systems.

This happens because malicious third parties send apparently safe URLs to a target and then have them redirect to unsafe websites after being clicked on.

You will surely be pleased to know that Safe Links is already available in Microsoft 365 apps on desktop, phone, and online and is also present in emails.

Its also making its way to Microsoft Teams for customers that use Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Also, IT admins can head over to the portal here to configure Safe Links policies for their organization.

The tech company is constantly striving to make this app better and safer for all its users. As you can remember, it recently added a lot of new integrations for Windows 11 as well.

You will also be able to use your phone as a walkie-talkie, through the Teams app, as another great initiative from Microsoft, meant to further help workers in the field.

What’s your opinion on Microsoft’s latest security enhancement for the Teams app? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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