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Microsoft Introduces New Security Update Notifications

Microsoft this week announced updated notifications for the Security Update Guide, the page where the tech company informs users of vulnerabilities that affect Microsoft products.

Microsoft this week announced updated notifications for the Security Update Guide, the page where the tech company informs users of vulnerabilities that affect Microsoft products.

The newly announced changes, Microsoft says, are designed to help receive Security Update Guide notifications easier, allowing users to sign up with any email address and receive alerts in their inbox (previously, only Live IDs were accepted).

Furthermore, the company is making notifications more automated and streamlined, and is also providing customers with the option to manage their settings from the Security Update Guide itself.

The new system, Microsoft announced, is being rolled out in three phases, starting with the creation of profiles and customers signing up for the new notifications.

Next, Security Update Guide notifications will start arriving from the new system alongside the old one, but ultimately notifications from the old system will cease.

Customers, Microsoft says, can sign up for the new notifications from the Security Update Guide itself, by selecting “Sign in” at the top right corner. They can use any email address and password they want, and a validation email will be sent to those signing in for the first time.

To opt in for notifications, one needs to sign in, then click on their profile name, select “Edit Profile” and then click Edit on the “Email notifications” column. This will allow customers to select the types of alerts they want to receive (for major or all updates).

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“Notifications are sent when information is added or changed in the Security Update Guide. You can sign up for the new notification system today so that when we reach Phase Two, you will receive them at the email address of your choice,” Microsoft notes.

The tech giant says that the second phase of the rollout will start next month, when all those who signed up will start receiving notifications from the new system.

Notifications from the old system will continue to arrive until “a critical mass of people receiving the new notifications” is reached, at which time the old system will be discontinued.

Related: Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Calls Attention to ‘Wormable’ Windows Flaw

Related: Microsoft Urges Customers to Patch Recent Active Directory Vulnerabilities

Related: Microsoft Patches 67 Security Flaws, Including Zero-Day Exploited by Emotet

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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