SPF, which abbreviates Sender Policy Framework, is a verification system that aims at stopping the so-called e-mail faking. Basically, it indicates sending a message from one email and making it look like it’s sent from a different one with the purpose to scam in some way the individual receiving it. In case the SPF protection is running for a domain name, a record which includes all of the mail servers authorized to send messages with addresses within the domain is made. The record is placed on all the DNS servers that direct the Internet traffic worldwide, thus they all will identify if an email message originates from a trustworthy server or not. The check is conducted at the very first server where the e-mail goes through and in the first case the e-mail message is forwarded, whereas in the second it's discarded and it never reaches the intended recipient. Using SPF records for your domain names will prevent all unwanted people from making use of your email addresses for harmful purposes.
SPF Protection in Shared Hosting
When you host your domain names in a shared hosting account on our end and we handle the e-mail addresses for them, you will be able to activate SPF protection for all of them with a few clicks inside your Hepsia Control Panel. This service is available in a separate section where you can see which domains are currently protected. For the ones that are not, you can activate the SPF protection solution and set up numerous things at the same time - the hostnames of the mail servers that are allowed to send messages from your e-mails, the IPv4 and IPv6 addresses of these servers, as well as to create a rule that messages can be sent only when your domain names have our MX records. The last solution is the most secure one, but you can use it when we handle the emails for your domain names and you are not using another email service provider. The new records will be activated within a day and nobody will be able to forge the FROM field in an e-mail with your e-mail addresses.
SPF Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us, you are able to secure your email addresses by activating the SPF protection service for any domain hosted in your account with just a few mouse-clicks. You can do this through the Emails section of the Hepsia Control Panel which is provided with the semi-dedicated accounts and even when you have no previous practical experience with these kinds of issues, you won't have any kind of troubles to enable the security. All that you'll need to do will be to choose a domain from a drop-down menu and after that type in the mail server hostname and IPv4 or IPv6 address. Once the updated record propagates, messages from your emails will be sent worldwide only if they are sent from that particular server. When your emails are taken care of by us and not by a third-party supplier, you will also be able to use an option for email messages to be mailed only when the domain name contains our MX records and the latter would be the most secure option. If you have any questions related to thisfeature, you can get in touch with our support team 24/7.