Microsoft Teams is getting a basic but powerful new security feature

Microsoft is preparing a new security feature for its collaboration software Teams that will keep you more informed about who is trying to contact you.

The latest addition (opens in a new tab) to the Microsoft 365 the product roadmap explains it Microsoft Team Users will soon be “prompted to recognize or leave the group chat” when they receive an invitation from outside their organization. The change is expected to take effect at some point next month.

While the roadmap entry offers few details, it highlights an unnecessary loophole in the security armor, which could be exploited by cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive data.

Microsoft Teams Chat

Microsoft Teams allowed users to chat and make group calls outside of the organization and with personal users for some timebut he was never very good at letting them know where an invitation came from.

This is a common problem. Those parts of busy organizations may not recognize a name simply because of the size of their workplace and may assume that a stranger is actually a co-worker.

So far, the biggest security measure Microsoft has put in place to protect Teams users from this particular problem requires enabling outside sign-in features. This means that the ability to be contacted by all Teams users, regardless of organization, is at the discretion of the user’s organization leader.

While the passage in progress a remote work makes this an extremely useful feature, allowing organizations around the world to seamlessly collaborate online, the new update will be a relief for members of larger organizations, as well as any worker who is aware of their online safety.

Teams has seen its fair share of safety issues within the last year. While Microsoft has a reputation for quickly fixing these issues once they are disclosed, it has even gone so far as to enable end-to-end encryption in one-to-one calls, it might seem a little surprising that a simple alert function took so long to implement.

Bugs in a piece of software are inevitable, but when they are expose users’ files and informationIt’s easy to see how Teams’ external login features could be misused.

While the next update still depends on some vigilance on the part of the user, it will undoubtedly protect many more demanding users from cyber attacks at work.