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New Microsoft Outlook update looks to keep all your mobile emails safe

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Microsoft has released a new update for its Microsoft Outlook (opens in new tab) app on mobile which aims to keep Android and iOS users better protected from email-based threats (opens in new tab).

With the release of version 4.2112.1 of the app, the software giant has added a new feature to make it easier for mobile users to identify emails from senders outside of their organization.

While this may seem like a small update to some, the feature will help users stay protected from spam (opens in new tab) and phishing threats (opens in new tab) which typically arrive in one's inbox from unknown senders.

External label

After updating to the latest version of Microsoft Outlook, users will see a new external label at the top of emails in their 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.

As smartphone use has increased especially with more employees working from home (opens in new tab), mobile phishing has become an even greater threat to both organizations and individuals. In fact, a 2020 report (opens in new tab) from the cybersecurity firm Lookout revealed that unmitigated mobile phishing threats could end up costing organizations with 10,000 mobile devices as much as $35m per incident and up to $150m for organizations with 50,000 mobile devices.

In addition to the new external label, Outlook version 4.2112.1 also includes a number of general bug fixes and other performance improvements.

Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.