Phishing is the practice of stealing data via fake emails, texts, or websites, such as passwords or other sensitive personal information. These fake messages often claim to be from trusted companies or organizations to deceive their victims.
Phishing Protection in Windows 11
- A user enters a password to a website that has been flagged by Microsoft Defender SmartScreen as malicious.
- Users reuse the same password on multiple websites and apps.
- Unencrypted passwords in a text editor such as in Notepad, Word, or other Microsoft 365 Office software.
How to Enable Phishing Protection in Windows 11
- Open “Windows Security”. You can open it by clicking the Windows Start button and in the search box typing “windows security“.
- Then click “Reputation-based protection settings“.
- Then, in the “Phishing protection” section, slide the switch to the right to enable and to the left to disable.
- At the bottom of the button, you have three options that you can enable all or just one of. The first option will warn you if you enter passwords into malicious websites and applications. The second option will give a warning if you use the same password in several places. And the last option will warn you if you store unencrypted passwords in a text editor such as in Notepad, Word, or other Microsoft 365 Office software.