Is SPF Record Necessary?

For some time now I’ve considered Sender Policy Framework (SPF) records an essential part of domain name ownership.

As it turns out there’s still some debate in tech forums as to whether SPF records are required or not.

SPF records are used to prevent spammers from spoofing your domain name.

What does SPF record do?

A Sender Policy Framework (SPF) record is a type of Domain Name System (DNS) record that can help to prevent email address forgery. Adding an SPF record can help prevent others from spoofing your domain. You can specify which mail servers are permitted to send email on behalf of your domain.

What does SPF fail mean?

~ SoftFail, an IP that matches a mechanism with this qualifier will soft fail SPF, which means that the host should accept the mail, but mark it as an SPF failure.

What is SPF record and how it works?

The key technical detail with SPF is that it works by looking at the domain of the Return-Path value included in the email’s headers. The receiving server extracts the domain’s SPF record, and then checks if the source email server IP is approved to send emails for that domain.

Does SPF record need quotes?

You do NOT need to put double quotation marks ( ” ) around SPF records when created as either an SPF record or a TXT record. The DNS back-end ensures that quotes are simulated.

Does SPF prevent spoofing?

A carefully tailored SPF record will reduce the likelihood of your domain name getting fraudulently spoofed and keep your messages from getting flagged as spam before they reach your recipients. Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is an email validation system designed to prevent spam by detecting email spoofing.

Why SPF record is important?

Why it is Important to Create a SPF (Sender Policy Framework) Record. SPF records prevent sender address forgery by protecting the envelope sender address, allowing the domain administrator to specify which mail server are allowed to send mail from their domain.

Can you have multiple SPF records?

That means you can only have a single DNS TXT record that begins with “v=spf1”. Having multiple records by definition of the RFCs should result in a permanent error. Why are multiple SPF records so common?

How do I set up an SPF record?

Adding an SPF record

  • Log in to your account.
  • Click on the MY DOMAINS button, located on the top right hand corner.
  • Click on the domain name you wish to create an SPF record for.
  • Click Manage DNS Records, in the DNS column.
  • Here you will add the desired SPF record, provided by your host. Select TXT in the Type drop-down menu.

How do you explain SPF in plain English?

How to Explain SPF in Plain English

  1. Two “From” Addresses.
  2. SPF (Sender Policy Framework)
  3. What it is: SPF is an email authentication protocol that allows the owner of a domain to specify which mail servers they use to send mail from that domain.
  4. How it works: Brands sending email publish SPF records in the Domain Name System (DNS).