Outlook corporate users are now more protected from phishing emails thanks to the new initiative by Microsoft and the UK government’s digital security agency. Now, all the letters, which bypass the anti-malware and anti-spam filters, may be tagged by a recipient as a phishing attack with the Report Phishing button. What does it mean for regular users? Let’s find out!

Anti-Phishing Tool by Outlook

The new feature was created by the Microsoft team and can be installed in Outlook directly or as a part of the Office 365 service. This initiative was supported by the British government’s National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) opened in April 2020, which has already blocked 97,500 scam websites and 50,500 spam campaigns. So, if cybersecurity is your main concern, use the EML to Outlook converter to migrate from your mailing software to Outlook.

The extension is mainly focused on letters involving social engineering tricks, which are the main up-to-date threats to corporations. The phishing letters are aimed to lead employees to fake login pages where they enter their confidential data. This info is used by scammers in data theft, espionage, network attacks, etc.

The NCSC reports that automated security systems of this kind can block most scam letters, which try to copy real domains or legitimate email headers. This caused scammers to host fraudulent websites in Google or Amazon’s clouds, or even Microsoft’s own systems, aiming to bypass possible barriers and deceive potential victims.

How to recognize a phishing email?

Keeping your personal information safe on the Internet can be challenging. With the help of phishing, scammers force you to voluntarily give your personal data. Phishing is a type of online scam designed to steal confidential information. Scammers pretend to be representatives of large corporations or other organizations you know to force you voluntarily share your credit card or social media data. Typically, cybercriminals contact victims via email, SMS, or social media messengers.

Attackers often ruin their own plans, making elementary mistakes that are easy to detect. Every time you open an email, check for signs of phishing:

  • The letter is badly written. Phishing emails often contain grammatical, spelling, and other obvious signs that they were not prepared by the marketing department of large corporations;

  • Outdated or changed logo. To increase the credibility of their emails, phishing scammers often steal logos from existing companies;

  • The URL does not match the original. Phishing emails always focus on links that the victim should follow.

If you have noticed any of these signs — you can report phishing directly in your Outlook mailbox. According to the technical director of the agency, Ian Levy, the idea is to combat the increase in scams of this type during the pandemic. Reported emails are forwarded to an NCSC mailbox for analysis and, in case of a confirmed scam, measures are taken to block spam campaigns.