Windows 11 is updated to stop the technique most used by hackers
After having stolen several billion euros, pirates have phishing as one of the most useful tools to deceive users. Microsoft wants to end this practice of impersonation and deception.
Phishing is one of the biggest security problems we find on the internet. It is easy to do and even the most experienced can fall into the trap. For this reason, Microsoft has designed one of the latest security features in Windows 11 to defend against these attacks.
When turned on, Windows 11 Enhanced Phishing Protection will notify users when they enter Microsoft account information on websites or programs known for phishing scams. It will also protect against misleading advertising.
You can activate the feature by going to Windows Security > Browser and Application Control > Reputation-Based Protection > Phishing Protection.
Optionally, phishing protection can also warn users about reused passwords and stored insecurely.
In February, one of the hoaxes involved impersonating the financial service Intuit with fake security notices. Another, in January, used QR codes on parking meters that led to malicious sites.
Fortunately, turning on Windows 11 phishing protection doesn’t come with draconian conditions.
Another interesting security feature that Microsoft this week unveiled uses cloud-based AI to block rogue or malicious apps, but its activation requires users to reinstall Windows, which is quite a hassle.
Microsoft also plans to introduce encryption of personal data, that will enable Windows Hello for Business to protect user data on lost or stolen devices.
The next version of Windows 11 will also enable Hypervisor-protected code integrity by default, which will ensure that only signed and trusted drivers are loaded.
This blog post from Microsoft details these and other security features coming to the Windows 11 operating system in the coming months.