OIT uses Microsoft Safe Links to better alert UA faculty and staff to phishing attacks.

About Microsoft Safe Links

Phishing emails often contain hyperlinks to malicious websites. A hyperlink in an email may appear to link to a reliable website you’re familiar with, but actually be linked to a different website. Microsoft Safe Links scans incoming emails for malicious hyperlinks and attachments, and it lets you know the real URL of a link.

Link Changes

Depending on how you access your mail, you may see two different options. When hovering over a link in a newer client, ATP will showcase the actual URL of a link.

showing original URL

In older clients, Microsoft Safe Links rewrites scanned URLs to Microsoft’s standard URL format: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com. Depending on the version of your client, you may see rewritten URLs.

safe link rewritten

Microsoft Safe Links Protection

Microsoft Safe Links analyzes links for any potential malicious content. If the content is categorized as malicious, you will be directed to a block page when attempting to access the link in your Internet browser, as displayed in the photo below. If the link is not malicious, the browser will link to the intended website.

this website has been classified as malicious

What do I need to do?

Microsoft Safe Links work behind the scenes, there is no action required of users to use Microsoft Safe Links.

Who is using Microsoft Safe Links?

Microsoft Safe Links is currently enabled for all of OIT and IT administrators across campus as we test the product before releasing to all OIT-supported mailboxes.

Learn More

Learn more about Microsoft Safe Links is available on Microsoft’s website.