Seeing Long Links in Email

Issue/Question

Why do the links in my email look strange?

Is it safe to click links that have have safelinks.protection.outlook.com?

Environment

  • Email
  • Safe Links

Cause

Safe Links is a security feature of Microsoft's Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) that proactively protects the University from malicious links in email messages and Office documents

Resolution

  • Safe Links rewrites links in email following the pattern https://...safelinks.protection.outlook.com...
  • You may notice the link has changed in the email message, or you may notice it only when you hover over the link
  • Safe Links analyzes a link when you click to prevent malicious websites that try to steal your password or install ransomware

Details

Article ID: 3996
Created
Thu 9/19/19 12:36 PM
Modified
Fri 10/11/19 12:48 PM
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