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Karlston posted a topic in Security & Privacy NewsMicrosoft announces general availability of Application Guard for Office Microsoft unveiled a couple of security features for Microsoft 365 early in 2020, which included Application Guard. Today, the company announced that Application Guard for Office has hit general availability. The feature basically puts documents from untrusted sources in a container before opening them in order to ward off malicious threats. Microsoft also noted that it analyzes every malicious attack contained by Application Guard to bolster its threat intelligence. Your files are also protected from kernel-based attacks since it uses Hyper-V-based containers. Unlike Protected View which opens documents in read-only mode, Application Guard opens files in a virtualized sandbox where you can still edit and print documents in a limited capacity without leaving the container. These files include those coming from untrusted sites, files stored in potentially unsafe folders or network, and documents blocked by File Block. That said, you can still choose to disable protection for a specific file if necessary, provided you're confident that it's safe. Prior to opening that file, it will be scanned with the Safe Documents feature if it's enabled. In addition to documents, emails are protected as well with combined security from Application Guard and Microsoft Defender for Office 365. The new feature is turned off by default and administrators will need to set the right policy for each user in an organization. It's available to customers on Current Channel and Monthly Enterprise Channel while a rollout in Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel is scheduled later this year. Microsoft announces general availability of Application Guard for Office
calvin-dim posted a topic in Software NewsIncluding step-by-step instructions. ## Microsoft's Windows Defender Application Guard has been added to the upcoming Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. This security feature allows you to securely browse the web without fear of becoming infected by malicious sites. Windows Defender Application Guard is a Windows 10 feature that enables Microsoft Edge to launch in an environment that is walled off from the rest of the operating system. This sandbox allows users to open web pages and perform other activities online without fear of infecting the operating system. In order to utilize Application Guard in the new Microsoft Edge, the Windows 10 feature first needs to be installed via the Windows Features control panel. Once Application Guard is installed, a new flag will be available in edge://flags called "Microsoft Edge Application Guard" as shown below. To enable this feature, set this flag to Enabled and restart the browser. Now that Application Guard is enabled, if you click on the Edge menu you will see an option labeled "New Application Guard windows" as shown below. When you click the New Application Guard window option, the browser will prepare the Application Guard sandbox and launch a new Chromium Edge session inside it. When Microsoft Edge is running under Application Guard, it is indicated by an icon with a shield to the right of the address bar. If you click on this icon, it will indicate that it is an Application Guard session. Not 100% finished While Application Guard is now integrated into the new Microsoft Edge, it is still not 100% finished. Edge sessions will be launched into sandboxed environments and downloads will be prevented from being launched, but the browser will not display an error message indicating why a download or some other insecure action was blocked. Normally when you try to open a downloaded file in an Application Guard session, Edge will display a warning that you are not allowed to do so. The new Edge does not have these warnings added as of yet. It is still promising to see the Edge team integrate features that are unique to Microsoft and Windows 10. With this feature added, the new Microsoft Edge continue to move further away from other Chromium-based browsers and allows it to stand out as a unique and worthy contender to Google Chrome. ** Source (Bleeping_Computer)