DKIM and SPF Email Validation
- by EWH
Right away, you’re probably wondering why we chose to write about this topic. The answer is simple: These are two required settings to get your emails delivered to different email providers (Gmail, Hotmail, etc).
To get started, we’ll explain what DKIM and SPF are and then we’ll show you how to enable them through cPanel. It’s a simple process that takes less than a minute and you’ll never have to think about it again. By the way, all Shared and Commerce Hosting Accounts with Evolve Web Hosting have these settings automatically enabled for you.
DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail)
DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) allows an organization to take responsibility for an email message that is in transit. The organization is the handler of the message and their reputation is the basis for evaluating whether to trust the message for further delivery. DKIM is the method for validating a domain name identity associated with a message through cryptographic authentication.
SPF (Sender Policy Framework)
SPF is a simple email validation system that is designed to detect email spoofing. SPF provides a way to allow receiving mail exchangers to check and verify that all incoming mail is sent from a host that is authorized by the sending domain’s administrators. Without it, the mail is either delayed or discarded by the receiving email server. A list of authorized sending hosts for a domain is published in the Domain Name System (DNS) records for that domain in the form of a specially formatted TXT record. Since email phishing and spam generally originate from the ‘from’ address of an email, publishing and checking SPF records is considered a form of fighting spam.
How to enable DKIM through cPanel
To get started, login to your cPanel account. Once you are logged in, find the ‘email’ section and locate the icon that says ‘Authentication’ and click on it.
On the screen shown below, if DKIM is not already enabled, click the button to do so and that’s it!
How to enable SPF through cPanel
To get started, either login to cPanel or stay on the same page where you just enabled DKIM. If SPF is not already enabled, click on the enabled button and that’s it!