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Microsoft 365 will soon show you precisely which phishing emails have been blocked

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Microsoft Office 365 users will soon be able to sift through all the email messages flagged as phishing attacks.

According to a Bleeping Computer report (opens in new tab), the software giant believes that false positives remain a huge challenge while keeping users safe - an issue the new feature should mitigate.

At the moment, Office 365 is powered by the Exchange Online Protection (EOP) filtering stack, which tends to accidentally mark regular emails as phishing (opens in new tab) scams. 

Once the new feature goes live, however, users will be to read the flagged emails and request their release if appropriate.

"We understand that managing false positives is important to ensuring email is delivered appropriately, and in the past, end-users weren't granted access to the quarantine to view messages," Microsoft said.

The company expects to make the new tool generally available later this month.

Phishing (opens in new tab) remains one of the most popular attack methods among cybercriminals, mostly due to its high success rates. Employees are often pressed for time or simply reckless, downloading attachments and clicking on in-mail links without double-checking the sender address.

In order to further strengthen enterprise cybersecurity, Microsoft also said it will disable Office 365's email forwarding to external recipients by default, as it identified the practice as one of the main causes of enterprise data theft.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.