Just as Google recently did with Gmail (opens in new tab), Microsoft is planning to update Exchange (opens in new tab) with a new security feature to help protect users from phishing threats.
According to a new update (opens in new tab) on the company's Microsoft 365 Roadmap, the software giant is currently developing a PowerShell cmdlet so that admins can enable protections against spam and phishing threats from external senders.
Going forward, users of Microsoft's email service (opens in new tab) will see a new tag on emails called “external” in the message list in Outlook on the web, Outlook for Mac and the company's Outlook apps for iOS and Android. However, in some Outlook email client (opens in new tab)s, a “mail tip” will be included at the top of the reading pane with a sender's email address according to Microsoft.
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If this sounds at all familiar, it's likely because Microsoft recently released an update (opens in new tab) for its mobile Outlook app that adds an external label at the top of emails in a user's inbox. Tapping on the label will reveal the sender's email address so that users can decide whether or not it is safe to open links or attachments in the email.
While a majority of the emails in your inbox that originate from outside of your organization are harmless, there is always a chance that one could be from a scammer or cybercriminal trying to infect your device with malware (opens in new tab) or even steal your identity (opens in new tab).
A sense of urgency is often used when crafting phishing emails in an attempt to get potential victims to click on any malicious links or attachments included in the email. Now though by adding external labels to both Outlook and Exchange, Microsoft hopes that users will take a bit more time to carefully examine any emails from unknown senders that arrive in their inboxes.
According to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, this feature is currently in development but is expected to roll out some time later this month.
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