What is the Role and Relevance of SPF Surveys?

What is the Role and Relevance of SPF Surveys?

SPF or Sender Policy Framework is the first line of defense between your email ecosystem and email-based cyberattacks. It ensures that only authorized mail servers can send emails on behalf of your brand and from your domain, which helps to protect your organization from phishing and spamming. But what if this line of defense is…

New Update: Microsoft Joins Forces for Stronger Email Authentication

New Update: Microsoft Joins Forces for Stronger Email Authentication

It was not long ago when Google and Yahoo revamped their email-sending policies and made DMARC authentication a mandatory exercise for organizations sending more than 5,000 emails a day. The aim of these mail service providers was simple— to build a cyber-resilient digital ecosystem. Recently, another major ESP— Microsoft, jumped the bandwagon and announced that it…

Difference Between SPF Setup for Small, Medium, and Large Businesses

Difference Between SPF Setup for Small, Medium, and Large Businesses

You have a company? You have a domain? You and your team send emails? If the answer to all these questions is a solid ‘yes,’ then you surely can be under the radar of email phishers and spoofers. It doesn’t matter if you have two people in your company or two thousand; you need to…

7 Myths and Misconceptions about Sender Policy Framework

7 Myths and Misconceptions about Sender Policy Framework

Understanding the realities and limitations of the Sender Policy Framework (SPF) is crucial for making informed decisions about your email security. Believing in SPF myths can lead to a false sense of security, potentially putting your system at risk. For example, the misconception that SPF is self-sufficient could lead to a lack of additional security…

Setting Up Sender Policy Framework for Amazon SES

Setting Up Sender Policy Framework for Amazon SES

Amazon Simple Email Service, or SES, is a cloud-based email-sending service developed for businesses that send marketing, notification, and transactional emails. Regardless of the types of emails you send, it’s crucial to protect them from threat actors. Without proper protection, illegitimate emails sent on your behalf could end up in the inboxes of recipients, potentially…

Background of Scott Kitterman and His Contribution to Sender Policy Framework

Background of Scott Kitterman and His Contribution to Sender Policy Framework

Email security was a headache for tech giants (and even some smaller companies) in the late 1990s. It was the time when threat actors started exploiting email communications to attempt impersonation, spoofing, and phishing-based attacks in the names of reputed companies and domain owners. Considering the rise in email-based cyber menaces, many experts got involved…

A Comprehensive Guide to Manually Generating SPF Records for Custom Domains

A Comprehensive Guide to Manually Generating SPF Records for Custom Domains

SPF records, as you may be aware, are like the bouncers of your email servers. They’re the DNS records that explicitly specify which email servers are officially allowed to send emails on behalf of your brand. By defining this list, domain owners keep out the riff-raff, preventing unauthorized people from sending emails that could tarnish…

Qualtrics, Moosend, Shopify, and Other Major Email Service Providers are Emphasizing the Deployment of DMARC

Qualtrics, Moosend, Shopify, and Other Major Email Service Providers are Emphasizing the Deployment of DMARC

Threat actors look for unprotected emails. They use various social engineering and phishing tactics to manipulate recipients into sharing confidential information, transferring money, downloading malware-infected files, etc. In 2023, 94% of organizations had email security issues, and considering the rise in email menaces, even Google and Yahoo explicitly state the importance of DMARC adoption.  These…

How Does the CIDR Notation Error Affect SPF?

How Does the CIDR Notation Error Affect SPF?

All the IP addresses that you officially allow to be used for sending emails on your behalf are listed in an SPF record. When domain owners have to mention multiple IP addresses, they often use the CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing) notation as it’s a way of representing IP address ranges in a compact manner.  Using…