In the latest preview version of Windows 10, Microsoft has extended its Windows Defender Application Guard extensions to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The company has also rolled out a number of general changes, improvements, and fixes for PC.
Windows Defender Application Guard was developed for Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge to separate the enterprise-defined untrusted sites and protect enterprises while their employees browse the internet.
IT admins can define trusted websites, cloud resources, and internet networks for their employees. The resources not in the list would be considered untrusted.
If someone from the company visits an untrusted site using Edge, the browser will open it an isolated Hyper-V-enabled container. This isolation means that if the untrusted site is malicious, the PC will remain protected. The attackers wouldn’t be able to access any enterprise data.
The Application Guard was previously available with Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer only. With the new update, Microsoft is bringing it to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as well.
“To extend our container technology to other browsers and provide customers with a comprehensive solution to isolate potential browser-based attacks, we have designed and developed Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post.
If someone using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox visits an untrusted site, he will be navigated to the Windows Application Guard for Microsoft Edge. If the users try to visit a trusted website while in an isolated Edge session, they’ll be taken back to the default browser.
Application Guard extension for Chrome and Firefox has started rolling out to Windows Insiders and will be generally available soon.
Last month, the tech giant added support for Linux files inside Windows apps like File Explorer and VSCode. This will allow users to access Linux files in a WSL distro from Windows.