- How Sophos Can Help While there’s no silver bullet when it comes to phishing, we can help you at every point in the attack chain. Start with phishing visibility and education, and back up with pre- and post-delivery protection. Plus, you can control everything through a single Sophos Central management console.
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Sophos Outlook add-in enables users to report suspected phishing and spam messages with one click right from within Outlook.
Sophos Outlook add-in is available for Outlook for Windows and Mac, Outlook Web Access, in Office 365 and Exchange environments.
Benefits of Sophos Outlook add-in
Sophos also has excellent web protection, including anti-phishing protection and banking protection. During my tests, Sophos blocked all of the malicious sites I tried opening, and the banking protection made sure my financial information stayed safe.
Sophos Outlook add-in simplifies the process your users have to follow to report suspicious mail. With one click, users can report a message to the proper destination in the proper format, eliminating the need to remember a specific email address or how to properly forward unwanted messages.
You and your team will get better visibility into the type and volume of suspicious email reaching your end users. This visibility allows you to better understand the threats facing your organization, both in real time, enabling you to respond quickly to potential security incidents, and from a strategic viewpoint, helping to fine tune your layered security strategy.
Using Sophos Outlook add-in to report suspicious email helps Sophos in its work to predict and prevent threats for our customers. The messages submitted to SophosLabs by your users allow us to continually improve our threat detection capabilities for all Sophos customers.
How do I install Sophos Outlook add-in?
Installing Sophos Outlook add-in involves three steps:
- Configuring Sophos Outlook add-in in Sophos Central.
- Downloading the XML manifest from Sophos Central.
- Deploying Sophos Outlook add-in to users.
For more details, and to check that your environment is compatible with the Sophos Outlook add-in, see How to deploy the Phish Threat Outlook Plugin.
Microsoft has made its SmartScreen anti-phishing API available to Chrome browser users through an extension called Windows Defender Browser .
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If this makes you do a doubletake, we’ll repeat it: from this week Chrome users will, for the first time, be able to protect their browsing using not only Google’s own Safe Browsing technology but Microsoft’s too.
Once installed, there’s not much to the extension beyond being able to turn its protection on or off and send Microsoft feedback on the current version (v1.62).
Technologically, it’s a different matter. From the moment it’s installed, Chrome users will potentially see warnings from two different systems designed to tell them about malicious links, pop-ups, malware downloads, and of course, phishing URLs.
These pages will both be coloured red and probably indistinguishable bar the fact they reference either Google or Microsoft.
Why might Microsoft want to be so generous to users of a rival browser?
Hitherto, there’s been a bit of a gulf in integrated browser protection with Chrome, Firefox, Apple’s Safari, Opera and Vivaldi using Google’s Safe Browsing technology and only Microsoft’s Windows 10 browser, Edge, and legacy Internet Explorer versions using SmartScreen.
For users, these function like a second browser-specific layer of protection that supplements whichever anti-malware software (e.g. Sophos Home) they have installed.
Testing last year by NSS Labs suggested that Microsoft’s platform had a noticeable edge over Google when it came to malware download detection and blocking phishing URLs.
We speculated at the time that this might be explained by the sheer volume of malware and phishing attacks that Microsoft must detect through its large base of Windows users.
Having both detection platforms on the same browser would at least set up a fair comparison of their effectiveness in future tests.
The simplest explanation of Microsoft’s motivation for offering SmartScreen on Chrome is that it gives the company visibility on the bad stuff encountered by the 60% of the market that uses Chrome (Edge is around 4%). This, in turn, helps Microsoft’s Office 365 Exchange email service offer better protection to compete with Google’s rival G Suite.
It also reminds Chrome users that Microsoft is out there even if not many of them use Edge as the number of people on its predecessor, IE, slowly dwindles.
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Ironically, for anyone accessing Gmail and G Suite via Chrome, this has a hidden benefit – installing Defender Browser Protection means these users are being protected from phishing attacks before email reaches their inboxes via Google’s platform and, after that, courtesy of both Google and Microsoft (the reverse is already true for Outlook.com on Chrome).