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What Are DMARC, SPF, and DKIM?
These three records are key to verifying that the emails sent from your domain are indeed from you, the domain owner, and not an impersonator.
DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail): This email security standard helps prevent email spoofing. It allows the receiver to check that an email claimed to have come from a specific domain was indeed authorized by the owner of that domain.
SPF (Sender Policy Framework): This is an email authentication method that specifies the mail servers authorized to send emails on behalf of your domain.
DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance): This email validation system is designed to protect your domain from being used in email spoofing, phishing scams, and other cybercrimes.
In the past, some businesses could bypass setting up these records. However, times have changed. Google and other major email providers have tightened their policies, making it a necessity to have these records in place for your emails to be delivered successfully.
How to Set Up These Records
Typically, your email provider will supply all three records and guide you on integrating them into your DNS settings. However, if you’re encountering difficulties or need further clarification, we’ve got you covered. Transparent Computing has several blog posts that provide a more in-depth understanding of these records and step-by-step instructions on setting them up.
Whether you’re a seasoned IT professional in Brisbane or just getting started, understanding and implementing these email authentication methods is critical in today’s digital communication landscape. By setting up DKIM, SPF, and DMARC, you’re not only complying with the latest standards but also protecting your domain’s integrity and your recipients’ trust in your communications.