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suttiwit 10-01-2012 09:20 AM

[SOLVED] Google sent me something weird on my gmail.
 
Hi, there... I use gmail and i use 4 google services which are:
1. GMail.
2. Google Sites (Only hosted 2 sites).
3. Google Code (I think i hosted 4-5 programs on google code), which are abandoned.
4. Google+.
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I have never seen "Google Webmaster tools" on my screen as a main topic and have never clicked into it.
I've suddenly got this e-mail at 1 Oct 2012:
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From: wmt-noreply@google.com
Subject: Email notifications from Google Webmaster Tools
Body:
Dear Webmaster Tools user,

We know that having a healthy and well-performing website is important to you. To keep you informed about your site's status Webmaster Tools will now automatically send you a notification email if there are critical or important issues that we detect with your site.

We'll only send you email for issues that we think have significant impact on your site's health or search performance which have clear actions that you can take to address. For example, we'll email you if we detect malware on your site or see a significant increase in errors while crawling your site.

For most sites these kinds of issues will occur rarely. If your site does happen to have an issue we cap the number of emails we send over a certain period of time to avoid flooding your inbox.

If you don't want to receive any email from Webmaster Tools you can change your email delivery preferences at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/preferences.

We hope that you find this change a useful way to stay up-to-date on critical and important issues regarding your site's health.

If you'd like more information about Webmaster Tools and building Google-friendly websites please visit http://www.google.com/webmasters.

The Webmaster Tools Team

2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Webmaster Tools account.

This info below is technical but might be useful:
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Delivered-To: ormie.suttiwit@gmail.com
Received: by 10.64.107.34 with SMTP id gz2csp39997ieb;
        Mon, 1 Oct 2012 02:04:48 -0700 (PDT)
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        Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:04:47 -0700 (PDT)
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Received: from mail-vc0-f198.google.com (mail-vc0-f198.google.com [209.85.220.198])
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        Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:04:47 -0700 (PDT)
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        for <ormie.suttiwit@gmail.com>; Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:04:46 -0700 (PDT)
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 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:04:46 -0700 (PDT)
X-Notifications: XEAAAAIBMg87wWhWeNtuIs0ujKOc
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:04:46 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <6H0P1Qt1_ZRfUIjY1DgzQQ@notifications.google.com>
Subject: Email notifications from Google Webmaster Tools
From: wmt-noreply@google.com
To: ormie.suttiwit@gmail.com
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mail if there are critical or important issues that we detect with your sit=
e.</p><p>We'll only send you email for issues that we think have significan=
t impact on your site's health or search performance which have clear actio=
ns that you can take to address. For example, we'll email you if we detect =
malware on your site or see a significant increase in errors while crawling=
 your site.</p><p>For most sites these kinds of issues will occur rarely. I=
f your site does happen to have an issue we cap the number of emails we sen=
d over a certain period of time to avoid flooding your inbox.</p><p>If you =
don't want to receive any email from Webmaster Tools you can change your em=
ail delivery preferences at <a href=3D"https://www.google.com/webmasters/to=
ols/preferences">https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/preferences</a>.</=
p><p>We hope that you find this change a useful way to stay up-to-date on c=
ritical and important issues regarding your site's health.</p><p>If you'd l=
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sites please visit <a href=3D"http://www.google.com/webmasters">    http://=
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Can someone help me figure out why this may happen? any ideas welcome.

Snark1994 10-01-2012 10:22 AM

I got that one too. I would imagine it's from your google sites - Google Webmaster tools are just a set of tools to look at how your site performs on google rankings, if I remember rightly, and you can do things like submit site indexes etc. See for example http://www.google.com/webmasters. You can safely disregard the email, if you don't use Webmaster tools :)

MensaWater 10-01-2012 10:24 AM

The headers show you it in fact came from something on Google (of course all Gmail would so this proves nothing).

The body has links purporting to be Google. Often phishing email has links that appear to be one thing but on being selected go to someplace quite different. Many mail clients will let you hover above such links and see where they really go. If they in fact go to www.google.com/<something> as shown then the email is likely legitimate. If not it is phishing and should be deleted.

Rather than clicking on the links what you could do is simply type the apparent link into your URL bar.

PrinceCruise 10-01-2012 10:37 AM

I got this too and it looks like every Gmail user must have received it.
Can be ignored safely.

Regards.

MensaWater 10-01-2012 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrinceCruise (Post 4794034)
I will defend, to your death, my right to my opinion.

Funny quote. :D

sundialsvcs 10-01-2012 02:33 PM

I sorely wish that every corporation would include a verifiable S/MIME digital signature on every (legitimate) e-mail that (actually) came from them.

Think about it ... we spent years educating the public about "https" web-sites, although we never did manage to teach them to verify certificates. But we never did anything about corporate-generated emails, even though corporations around the world rely on them and there is an industry-standard message signing technology readily available. (Furthermore, it is invisible.)

It would take very little effort for, say, Google to introduce automatic(!) message-signature validation into their web-mail client ... arguably the most-used e-mail client system in the world. If corporations then began to sign their legitimate e-mail transmissions, the problem of "forged and bogus e-mails" would be significantly reduced. Essentially "for free."


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