SPF, which stands for Sender Policy Framework, is an e-mail protection system, that is employed to confirm whether an e-mail message was sent by an authorized server. Employing SPF protection for a particular domain name will stop the faking of emails created with the domain. In simple words: activating this attribute for a domain name creates a specific record in the Domain Name System (DNS) containing the IP of the servers that are permitted to send e-mails from mailboxes under the domain. When this record propagates globally, it will exist on all DNS servers that route the Internet traffic. Whenever some e-mail message is sent, the first DNS server it uses checks if it originates from an authorized server. In the event it does, it's sent to the destination address, but when it does not originate from a server part of the SPF record for the particular domain, it's discarded. Thus nobody can mask an email address then make it look as if you are e-mailing spam messages. This approach is also termed email spoofing.

SPF Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

If you host your domains in a cloud website hosting account with us and we handle the emails for them, you are able to activate SPF protection for any of them with a few clicks inside your Hepsia Control Panel. This service is available in its own section where you'll be able to view which domain names are already secured. For those that aren't, you will be able to activate the SPF protection option and configure numerous things during this process - the hostnames of the mail servers that are allowed to send messages from your e-mails, the IPv4 and IPv6 addresses of these servers, and even to set a rule that email messages can be sent only when your domain names use our MX records. The aforementioned solution is the most secure one, but it can be used when we manage the emails for your domain names and you are not using some other email provider. The newly generated records will be activated within 1 day and nobody will be able to forge the FROM field in a message by using your e-mail addresses.

SPF Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account from us, you are able to secure your emails by enabling the SPF protection service for any domain name hosted in the account with just a couple of clicks. You can do this in the Emails section of our Hepsia Control Panel which is included with the semi-dedicated accounts and even if you lack previous practical experience with these kinds of matters, you won't have any problems to activate the security. Everything that you'll have to do will be to choose a domain name from a drop-down list and then type in the mail server hostname and IPv4 or IPv6 address. The moment the updated record propagates, messages from your email addresses will be delivered globally only if they were sent from that server. When your e-mail addresses are handled by our company and not by a third-party provider, you will also be able to use an option for emails to be sent only if the domain name has our MX records and this would be the most secure option. When you have any questions regarding thisfeature, you will be able to get in touch with our support crew 24/7.