Microsoft Blocked Tens of Billions of Phishing and Brute Force Attacks in 2021

Preventing various malicious actors from being able to hack into particular systems has been a really huge priority for the vast majority of tech companies that are currently out there because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up giving their users a bit more security and enable them to keep their data safe. Microsoft has attempted to create a solution for this issue by launching the Azure Active Directory as well as incorporating safety features into Office 365.

The manner in which these two features can help protect people from various malware attacks and other types of hacks is through multi-factor authentication. It also uses password-free authentication which makes it really difficult for someone or the other to brute-force their way into an account. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Microsoft has been really successful at preventing phishing and brute force attacks for its Office 365 and Azure Active Directory users.

Azure Active Directory has been responsible for preventing over 25 billion brute force attacks from occurring, and Office 365’s beefed up version of Microsoft Defender has also prevented over 35 billion phishing emails from reaching their recipients. That means that tens of billions of attacks that would have otherwise been successful were prevented from occurring with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The thing to note here is that only 22% of Microsoft customers currently use these tools. Multi factor authentication does not have a very high adoption rate which means that even though so many attacks were blocked it’s likely that a far larger number were able to make it through. Users need to be educated about the importance of multi-factor authentication as well as the adoption of various safety protocols that can keep attacks at bay. The number of such attacks is rising each and every year, and pretty soon you will not be able to protect your system from being hacked if you do not have high tech defenses that are at your disposal.

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