You’re working on a confidential project in Microsoft Edge for Business, a key piece of information appears on your screen. You instinctively hit the “Print Screen” key to capture it. However, instead of the usual screenshot, a black screen appears. Frustrating? Perhaps. However, for businesses that prioritize data security, this new feature in Edge for Business could be the security upgrade they need.

Why Screenshot Blocking Matters

Seemingly harmless actions like taking screenshots can pose significant security risks. Here’s a closer look at the potential consequences:

  • Unintentional leaks. Employees may capture screenshots containing confidential data during routine tasks. Sharing screenshots with coworkers or clients outside secure channels can cause data breaches.
  • Malicious intent. In some cases, employees with malicious intent might capture screenshots of sensitive information. Screenshot blocking helps mitigate this risk by hindering their access to sensitive data.
  • Compliance issues. Many industries, such as the healthcare and finance sectors, have strict data privacy and security regulations. If not followed, this results in fines or legal repercussions. Screenshot blocking can be a valuable tool for businesses in these sectors to follow data security regulations.
  • Protecting intellectual property. Many companies invest heavily in IP, so they have trade secrets and product designs to protect. Screenshots can capture this valuable information, putting a company’s competitive edge at risk. Blocking screenshots on relevant web pages safeguards this sensitive data.

How It Works

IT administrators define protected pages within Edge for Business through a central policy system. When a user attempts to capture screenshots of these pages, the browser intercepts the request. The user will see a black screen instead, blocking the capture of sensitive content.

Microsoft did not disclose technical specifics. Edge for Business likely modifies its interaction with the operating system’s screenshot functionality. It is also unclear if the feature will extend to third-party screenshot capture tools.

Impact on Daily Operations

How much a business uses screenshots for legitimate purposes will determine how screenshot blocking affects daily operations. Some employees use screenshots for note-taking and collaboration. However, copying and pasting text or using internal document-sharing tools can also work.

Preparing for the Change

Businesses can prepare their employees for the upcoming screenshot-blocking feature by providing clear communication and training. IT departments should create documentation outlining which web pages need protection. Also, they can provide other ways to get or share important data.

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