Office 365 implement Safe Links Policy (Manual)

Safe links is part of Defender for Office 365 that scans and rewrites URL’s in inbound email messages, Teams and other locations. Safe Links is an additional security layer on top of anti-spam and anti-malware protection. Safe Links scanning can help protect your organization from malicious links that are used in phishing and other attacks.

To be able to use the Safe Links (and other features) of Microsoft Defender you will need to have the Microsoft Defender license Plan 1 or 2. This license is also included in the following subscriptions:

  • Office 365 E5
  • Office 365 A5
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Security
  • Microsoft 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium (Plan 1 only)

With the following steps you should be able to setup up Safe Links in no time.

STEP 1: Go to the Microsoft 365 Defender portal: https://security.microsoft.com/

STEP 2: Go to Policies & Rules > Threat policies > Safe Links

STEP 3: In this part you can Create a new policy

STEP 4: Choose a name for you policy

STEP 5: Select where you want to apply this policy to, I would recommend to do this for everybody/all domains

STEP 6: Select all the options that you want, below my recommendations.

STEP 7: Choose your notification text

STEP 8: Review and submit your policy. It might take up to 2 hours to be effective.

For more information on SafeLinks visit the Microsoft Documentation: Complete Safe Links overview for Microsoft Defender for Office 365 – Office 365 | Microsoft Docs

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