Microsoft® adds new security features on Outlook.com
From new logo to new social capabilities to a brand new user interface, Microsoft is carrying out pretty sizable enhancements to make its Outlook.com a huge success over its predecessor Hotmail, a popular e-mail client that houses hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Microsoft will offer many new services through its new e-mail client along with many popular features borrowed from Hotmail.
In the course of enhancing its new webmail service, Microsoft has boosted Outlook.com with two key security updates that will protect the users from phishing and spam e-mails. The new safety features will support DMARCÂ (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) e-mail authentication standard and EV Certificates. DMARC is a technical specification that standardizes the e-mail recipient’s systems to verify incoming messages using different technologies.
Through these new security updates, Microsoft aims to cut down phishing e-mails that spoof legitimate addresses and trick recipients into disclosingÂ their confidential information to cyber criminals. Microsoft promises that this system will ensure that the e-mails are clean, making it easy to identify mail from legitimate senders, thus keeping spam and phishing messages at bay.
Apart from this, Microsoft is also adding support for EV (Extended Validation) certificates to Outlook.com. This will help users to stay safe online and will reduce the likelihood of malicious attacks that trick users into entering their confidential information on sites that resemble Outlook.com. According to Microsoft, “EV certificates are deeply vetted by the Certificate Authority, providing significant assurance that you can trust the sites that use them.
Outlook.com’s EV Certificates will require a minimum of 2048-bit encryption and will display a green bar in the URL address bar. Thus indicating if the site is legitimate or not. Krish Vitaldevara from the Outlook.com Program Management Team wrote, “While malicious sites might try to impersonate a site’s UI or brand, they cannot replicate the browser’s green bar. And by deploying EV certificates broadly we can apply 2048 bit encryption not just to your login, but to your actual mail content as well.
In short, both these updates will ensure that Outlook.com users stay safe from phishing attacks while they are working on their webmail client.
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