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Genuine or not from Microsoft.


Jock1e
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I have no reason to think this e-mail is not genuine from Microsoft but I would have thought that I would have got a reply on all 3 different accounts instead of just the one.

We've updated the Microsoft Services Agreement, which governs many of our online services - including your Microsoft account and many of our online products and services for consumers, such as Hotmail, SkyDrive, Bing, MSN, Office.com, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail Desktop and Windows Writer. Please read over the new Microsoft Services Agreement here to familiarise yourself with the changes we've made.

The updated agreement will take effect on 19 October, 2012. If you continue to use our services after 19th October, you agree to the terms of the new agreement or, of course you can cancel your service at any time.

We have modified the agreement to make it easier to read and understand, including using a question and answer format that we believe makes the terms much clearer. We also clarified how Microsoft uses your content to better protect consumers and improve our products, including aligning our usage to the way we're designing our cloud services to be highly integrated across many Microsoft products. We realise you may have personal conversations and store personal files using our products, and we want you to know that we prioritise your privacy.

Thank you for using Microsoft products and services!

Microsoft services agreement

Gives a fair bit of reading.Just wondered if everyone got the same notification by e-mail

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Sea Urchin

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Yes I got one as well - but highly suspicious, and I wouldn't click on the link in the mail which you have included in your posting

See here re rogue Microsoft emails

Rogue Mail?

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KRONOS the First

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Surely if you are unsure then you ignore it or at least do some simple research.

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chub_tor

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If you read through Microsoft Answers you will find that there is a lot of confusion about these emails, the general consensus is that there are at least two going around, one of which is genuine and the others are fakes.

A reply from a Microsoft MVP is as follows:

Thank you everyone for continuing to reply on this thread to alert us to the malicious malware problem. Special thanks to our MVPs for their help!

If you received an email regarding the Microsoft Services Agreement update and you're reading your email through the Hotmail or Outlook.com web UI, the legitimate email should have a Green shield that indicates the message is from a Trusted Sender. If the email does not have a Green shield, you can mark the email as a Phishing scam. Do not click through the links in the email if you are not sure it is safe.

For Hotmail, select the message. Click the chevron next to the “Mark as” button to display the drop down list of options. Select “Phishing scam.”

For Outlook.com, select the message. Click on the chevron next to the Junk button to display the drop down list of options. Select “Phishing scam”.

For more information about how to report spam, phishing attacks, or abusive emails, the following article provides useful information: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/hotmail/abuse-phishing-junk-email.

If you want to see more details about the malicous emails and additional information regarding the Java exploit, you can read the blog posted by our Online Services Security Officer at

https://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=14020 .

Thank you again.

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Jock1e

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I knew they were wanting us to use the new Microsoft outlook for our mail.

I must admit it looks 100% genuine but will remove it now and run my security programs just to be in the safe side.

Thanks for all of the advice.

Will leave this open for the rest of the day just in case others got the same e-mail and were not sure what to do with it.

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Jock1e

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On 2nd thoughts I will close it so that no one will open the Microsoft services agreement that I posted.

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Salut

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I too have this new 'Microsoft' email... As I hadn't woken up properly I treated in with huge scepticism, toddled off and had a coffee then went to work. There are at least five in the office that received the same email. So far that has been the highlight of an otherwise dull wet day.

I work on the simple premise, if I am uncertain, delete it...

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Sea Urchin

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Just a postscript. chub_tor's first link will not work without first deleting the full stop at the end of the line.

And a point to Jock1e - resolving the thread will not stop people being able to click on links.

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