Microsoft Teams receives secure links tool for anti-phishing URL analysis


Microsoft Teams is now at the heart of Microsoft’s collaboration services, available on both Office / Microsoft 365 and Windows 11. As more people embrace remote working, some 145 million now use Teams for communication and the collaboration.

Over the past year, Microsoft has capitalized on the growth of Teams during the COVID-19 pandemic by adding an array of features. In fact, Microsoft Teams has gone from a workplace chat solution to a video chat platform and a full collaboration hub for business and personal users.

As Microsoft plans to further integrate Teams with Windows 11, the company is adding security tools to the service. Due to its popularity, Teams is a frequent target of attacks by malicious actors. The app already has a lot of security features, but in the rapidly evolving cybercrime arena, there is always more that can be done to protect services.

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As a result, Microsoft is adding new anti-phishing capabilities to Teams. Specifically, the company is integrating its Safe Links feature into Teams. More precisely, Secure links will be added to Microsoft Defender for Office 365, the Teams productivity suite is part.

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Safe Links is a tool that allows users to access URL click time validations to prevent phishing attacks. The feature scans URLs when clicked and if malicious activity is detected, it will notify the user. Microsoft points out that phishing is a relatively easy way for attackers to target Teams users.

“In fact, every month our detonation systems detect nearly 2 million payloads based on separate URLs that attackers create to orchestrate credential phishing campaigns. Every month, our systems block over 100 million phishing emails containing these malicious URLs.

At-click scanning is actually a complex ability and prevents attackers from changing the URL once it has been clicked. Safe Links is not a new tool and is available on Microsoft 365 by phone, online, and email. It’s coming to Microsoft Teams now starting today.

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