Enable Phishing Protection in Outlook

Contents
  1. Protect yourself from sneaky spam
  2. Enable Phishing Protection in Outlook
  3. Report Phishing Messages
  4. What to do if there is no phishing message?

Protect yourself from sneaky spam

Because some are so well done, phishing emails can be hard to spot if you just look at the surface. But even if you keep your eyes peeled, the extra protection won’t hurt. Outlook offers some protection against phishing emails. When this protection is enabled, links will not work for certain phishing attempts.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Office 365.

Enable Phishing Protection in Outlook

By changing the security level, you reduce the risk of getting caught in a phishing email.

Update your Outlook spam filter with Microsoft or Office Update.

  1. Go to the tab At home and in the group remove select mess

  2. Select Spam options

  3. Select short if you want to filter explicit spam.

  4. Select Long to filter out most of the spam.

    Long The antispam level may move some secure messages to the Junk E-mail folder.

  5. Select Only safe lists if you want messages from contacts in your Safe Senders or Safe Recipients lists to go to your Inbox. All other messages are filtered in the Junk E-mail folder.

  6. Select Permanently delete suspicious spam instead of moving it to the Junk E-mail folder if you want suspicious spam to bypass the Junk E-mail folder and be deleted permanently.

    This option also permanently deletes emails that are considered spam and you can no longer view them.

  7. Select Warn about suspicious domain names in email addresses for additional protection against phishing messages.

  8. Click Okay when you’re done.

Report Phishing Messages

You can report suspicious messages to Microsoft to help improve spam filters.

  1. Select a suspicious message.

  2. Go to the tab At home and select Waste

  3. Select Report phishing if you suspect the message is a phishing message, or select Report junk e-mail if you think this is regular spam.

What to do if there is no phishing message?

If you don’t see the Junk or Report Phishing option in the Spam menu, enable this add-on.

  1. Go to the tab File

  2. Select parameters:

  3. In the dialog box Outlook options select tab add-ons

  4. mention Inactive applications select Microsoft Spam Reporting Add-in

  5. Click the drop-down arrow Check select com add-ons and then select To go

  6. Check box Microsoft Spam Reporting Add-in

  7. Select Okay to enable the plug-in and reset the spam settings. Restart Outlook if prompted.

If the Microsoft Junk Email Reporting Add-in is not listed, download it from the Microsoft website.

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