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Microsoft Technical Security Notifications

Help protect your computing environment by keeping up to date on Microsoft technical security notifications. Notifications are available in RSS, mobile device, or e-mail format, and are also available online at the TechNet Security Bulletin Search page.

For IT Professionals

Basic Alerts

Microsoft's free monthly Security Notification Service provides links to security-related software updates and notification of re-released Microsoft Security Bulletins. The goal of this service is to provide accurate information you can use to protect your computers and systems from malicious attacks. These bulletins are written for IT professionals, contain in-depth technical information, and e-mails are digitally-signed with PGP.

Comprehensive Alerts

The free Comprehensive alerts serve as an incremental supplement to the Basic Alerts. These notifications are written for IT professionals, contain in-depth technical information, and e-mails are digitally-signed with PGP.

Security Advisories Alerts

Microsoft Security Advisories are a way for Microsoft to communicate security information to customers about issues that may not be classified as vulnerabilities and may not require a security bulletin. Each advisory will be accompanied with a unique Microsoft Knowledge Base Article number for reference to provide additional information about the changes.

Microsoft Security Response Center Blog Alerts

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog provides a real-time way for the MSRC to communicate with customers. Topics include day-to-day, "behind the scenes" information to help customers understand Microsoft security response efforts; updates during the early stages of security incidents; and regular postings for the bulletin release cycle.

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Verifying Our Digital Signature

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is an Internet standard for digitally signing and encrypting e-mail and other documents. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) uses PGP to digitally sign all security notifications. However, it is not required to read security notifications, read security bulletins, or install security updates. You can obtain the MSRC public PGP key at the MSRC Security Notification PGP Web page. Numerous third-party vendors produce PGP-compatible applications for a variety of platforms, but Microsoft cannot recommend the right solution for your environment.

You can read bulletins online at the TechNet Security Bulletin Search page.

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