Because sites that are subject to attacks from spam and phishing emails do not always know that there is a problem, they often rely on their subscribers to tell them that something is wrong. Now, by implementing DMARC, senders and receivers can be more proactive when fighting spammers. In order to benefit from DMARC, you’ll need to be signing your emails with both SPF and DKIM. Yesterday, I dicussed how to create an SPF record, and today I’ll talk about creating and publishing a DKIM record.
DKIM, or DomainKeys Identified Mail, is a cryptographic approach to authenticating email. It was developed in part to solve some of the issues that SPF can’t solve, such as forwarded email.
The steps to utilising DKIM are:
Implementing DKIM requires a high degree of planning and resources in most cases. We at Return Path can help you with the implementation, policy planning and enforcement and testing of DKIM. Contact us to find out how we can help.
As a consultant to Return Path’s clients helping them adopt the latest email best practices, Dale's background in mailbox provider system development led to his specialization in mailbox provider start-ups, infrastructure, and subscriber engagement. He can be found regularly presenting seminars, talking about the latest trends in email marketing and de-mystifying the murky world of deliverability. Find him at https://uk.linkedin.com/in/dalelangley and @Email_dale on Twitter.
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