Exchange Online Protection

Phishing Report Highlights Need for Sophisticated Anti-Malware Software

by Tony Redmond

A recent report by a security vendor says that 25% of phishing messages get by Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and arrive into Office 365 user mailboxes. This highlights the need to configure EOP properly and run multiple lines of defense. Microsoft would like you to use Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) alongside EOP. Offerings from other security vendors are also available. For better protection against phishing, you should consider something like ATP.

Office 365 Takes Aim at Spoofers but Users See Warnings About Fraudulent Messages

by Tony Redmond

Microsoft upgraded their EOP anti-spoofing capabilities inside Office 365, which is good, but they didn't tell anyone. The first users knew was when they started to receive messages stamped with "the sender failed our fraud detection checks" - something that is never assuring. This only applies to ATP customers, but it's not the first time Microsoft has failed to communicate important news.

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    Safety Tips Inserted by Exchange Online Protection Make Email Safer

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft is introducing safety tips to Office 365 to highlight bad or suspicious email that might tempt users to do things that they shouldn’t. The initiative is good and valuable, but it rather loses some of its gloss because not all safety tips are exposed in Outlook. However, Microsoft is making sure that mobile and other clients see safety tips, even if not in the same interactive manner as is possible with OWA.