Create SPF And DKIM Records For Your Domain Name
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If you are confused why you should create SPF and DKIM Records for your domain name (or email address), then you are not alone. We got plenty of similar questions with the word – “WHY?” In short, this is for avoiding/preventing spam emails. This isn’t actually enabled by default, but you can do this via your web hosting’s cPanel account easily. You can create SPF and DKIM records with the help of TXT record. You can do this via your web hosting server panel or your domain registrar account.
An SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record is a DNS record that verifies which mail servers are allowed to send email(s) associated with your domain name.
A DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) record is a DNS record that prevents forged emails by adding a digital signature to outgoing message headers.
The steps are almost the same, but in some domain registrars like GoDaddy, you can’t access/edit the DNS records if you are not hosting with them. If your web hosting server has a cPanel then we have an easy way to fix this. In this article I’ll share the simple steps to create DKIM and SPF records for your domain name.
Create SPF And DKIM Records On Your cPanel
Log in to your domain name’s cPanel account, navigate to “Email” section and click on the icon “Authentication”.
You are now in the “Authentication” page. In this page you can “Enable” or “Disable” SPF and DKIM records for your domain name. You can click on the “Enable” button for both the records. That’s all.
It’ll show the status as “Enabled (DNS Check Passed) Active (DNS Check Passed)” for SPF Record and “Enabled Active (DNS Check Passed)” for DKIM Record.
By this you can do email authentication for your domain name, which helps you to prevent spam emails.
Sometimes you would have got an email from email address like ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, but it wasn’t actually sent by ‘email@example.com’, this is where spammers show their tactics to forge messages. By configuring SPF and DKIM records you can prevent such things to happen for your email address.
If you have any issues with the configuration or steps, do kindly let us know in the comments below, we’ll be happy to help you with that.
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