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Microsoft Enticing Edge Users With Malware Protection

By October 18, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

microsofthxenticingIn a bid to increase its share of the browser market, Microsoft has made some interesting moves recently, which make its new “Edge” browser software stand out from the crowd. The most recent change is the announced addition of Windows Defender Application Guard, which can be selectively enabled on a user’s browser.

If the option is enabled, then any non-trusted website that the user visits will be displayed and run in a virtual container, and all processes used by the browser to display the contents of the page are walled off from the rest of the device.

When the window or tab to that site is closed, the virtual container is destroyed, so even if the page itself, or some combination of user actions caused malicious software to be installed, it would only reside in the virtual container, and be destroyed as soon as the window or tab was closed.

The biggest downside to this approach is that a user has to type in his or her username and password at every visit. Checking the “remember me” box on a non-trusted website would store the information in the virtual container, which of course, would be destroyed at the end of the session and not truly saved.

Of course, a feature exists that allows IT staff to create a whitelist of trusted sites, which can be modified by anyone with the appropriate security access. Any site on this list would run as normal, circumventing the protection offered by the Application Guard.

It’s not a perfect solution, and it may not be right for every business or every user within a given business. But for government agencies, and any company operating in the health care or financial sector, this is solid gold. It is an added bit of security that doesn’t require any special action by your IT staff, and doesn’t take much to manage, and that’s welcomed news indeed.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.