DMARC stands as a formidable shield against phishing and spoofing attacks. If you’re using GoDaddy as your DNS provider, implementing DMARC records is a proactive step toward safeguarding your domain.
This guide walks you through the process with clear instructions and actionable steps.
Understanding the Power of DMARC Records
DMARC records empower you to specify how email servers should handle messages from your domain. By authenticating your emails using SPF and DKIM, and then setting a DMARC policy, you ensure recipients receive only genuine emails.
Step 1: Log into Your GoDaddy Account
Access your GoDaddy account using your credentials.
Step 2: Navigate to the DNS Management
Locate the domain for which you wish to add the DMARC record. Under the domain settings, find and click on “DNS Management.”
Step 3: Add a TXT Record for DMARC
- Select “Add” to create a new record.
- Choose the record type as “TXT.”
- In the “Host” field, enter “_dmarc” to signify it’s a DMARC record.
- For “TXT Value,” input your DMARC policy. For instance: “v=DMARC1; p=none; rua=mailto:[email protected].”
Step 4: Set Your DMARC Policy
p: This is where you set your DMARC policy. Options include “none” (monitoring mode), “quarantine” (send to spam), or “reject” (block the email).
rua: Specify the email address where DMARC reports will be sent.
Step 5: Save Your Changes
After entering the DMARC policy, save your changes. Remember that DNS changes may take some time to become effective.
Step 6: Verify Your DMARC Record
To ensure accuracy, you can use DMARC validation tools available online. These tools validate your DMARC setup and give you insights into potential issues.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Syntax Errors: Double-check that your DMARC policy syntax is correct to avoid errors.
- Incomplete Policies: Make sure to set a clear policy (“none,” “quarantine,” or “reject”) to establish how to handle emails that fail authentication.
By adding DMARC records to your GoDaddy DNS, you take a proactive stance against email-based threats. The combination of SPF, DKIM, and DMARC creates a robust security framework that protects both your domain and your recipients. Follow these steps carefully, and you’ll be well on your way to fortifying your email communication with enhanced authentication and trust.
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Q1. What is a DMARC record, and why is it important to add it to my GoDaddy DNS?
A) DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance) record is a crucial email authentication protocol. Adding it to your GoDaddy DNS helps protect your domain from email spoofing and phishing attacks.
Q2. How does a DMARC record work with SPF and DKIM?
A) DMARC record works in tandem with SPF and DKIM. SPF specifies authorized servers for sending emails, DKIM adds digital signatures for email validation, and DMARC sets policies for handling emails that fail authentication.