Microsoft starts blocking harmful links in Office 365 applications

Apr

5

2017

Microsoft announced on Tuesday several improvements that enhance security and compliance capabilities within the Office 365 suite of office applications. The company said it plans to introduce a new security feature for some Office 365 ProPlus desktop users later this month.

The company plans to integrate its security feature called “Secure Link Protection from Advanced Threats”, which prevents end-users from inadvertently clicking malicious links in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Microsoft previously included the feature in desktop, Web, and portable versions of its Outlook and Outlook software, and some of the company’s leading productivity applications are geared towards this feature.

When activated in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the feature moves the user, when clicked and tries to follow a malicious link, to a warning page instead of the original destination, and then leaves the option to the end user whether to bypass the warning and go to the original destination of the link.

“Our goal has always been to provide our customers with the best possible safe, secure and unified experience across all Office 365 applications and packages. Adding and extending Secure Connect is an example of our ongoing steps towards this goal,” said Office 365.

Administrators and administrators within the Outlook email application can prevent users from visiting the link associated with the malicious link after seeing the warning page, and administrators and administrators can see the links the user clicks on and search for details of all those links that have been clicked.

The company also announced today that it has made available Office 365 tools for security, security, advanced data management and advanced data management in general.

These features enhance security and protection within Office 365 to help customers. The company today introduced a new reporting interface to improve ATP’s customer experience while Advanced Data Management provides customers with greater compliance capabilities New management of data loss protection policies.

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