Microsoft revamps web content filtering in Microsoft 365 Defender

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Microsoft renews its web content filtering in Microsoft 365 Defender and Defender for Endpoint. The blocking of web content and adherent reporting can now be done centrally through the Microsoft 365 Defender portal.

Web content filtering has been feasible for some time through Microsoft 365 Defender. Microsoft maintains various content categories that can be blocked through policies at an organization’s discretion.

The new release mainly concerns the way in which Microsoft reports on filtered content. Among other things, it should now be easier to monitor the extent to which specific categories are visited and filtered.

In addition, support for reporting fixes of false positives has been enriched. Flagging unjustified website blockage within the aforementioned content categories is possible from within the Microsoft 365 Defender portal.

Additionally, the content categories have been expanded. The new category ‘Uncategorized’ contains websites that have been picked up in the last 30 days, marked as risky, but not yet assigned to a category.

More than Edge

Logically, Microsoft recommends normalizing the use of Microsoft Edge among end users. The organization adds that browsers from other developers – including Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Brave and Opera – work just as well when network protection in Microsoft 365 Defender is enabled.

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