Update 01 July 2014: Microsoft has decided to resume the email service for security related updates according to a post at Windows IT Pro by Rod Trent. So you can choose to stick with email or use the RSS feeds below because both methods will work for receiving the notifications.
According to a post over at WinBeta.org this morning users who have previously subscribed to Microsoft’s security bulletins will no longer be able to receive those updates in their inbox.
The email, which WinBeta provided the contents of, shows that the following notices will no longer be sent via email:
- Security bulletin advance notifications
- Security bulletin summaries
- New security advisories and bulletins
- Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins
Microsoft’s recommendation in lieu of email based updates is to subscribe to these notices via RSS.
Here are the RSS feeds they have available:
- Security for IT Professionals
- 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 and contain in-depth technical information.
- Comprehensive Alerts
- The free Comprehensive alerts serve as an incremental supplement to the Basic Alerts. It provides advance notification of upcoming security bulletins, security advisories, and timely notification of any minor changes to previously released Microsoft Security Bulletins or Advisories. These notifications are written for IT professionals and contain in-depth technical information.
- Security Advisories
- 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.
- MSRC Blog
- 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.
Editor’s note: who said RSS is dead anyway?