Today No-IP announces the availability of DNS text record support and SPF record creation wizard. Text record support is necessary for the implementation of the email sending authentication scheme known as Sender Policy Framework (SPF).
The current SMTP standard allows anyone to send email with a forged email address. SPF is used to help identify forged senders that are used by many viruses, worms, and spam. SMTP servers that support SPF can easily detect forged senders and flag or delete messages from spoofed senders. In turn drastically reducing or completely eliminating worm viruses and spam that are sent through email on infected machines.
An SPF record describes to a mail server which mail servers are allowed to send email for a particular domain name. SPF records are simply a string of text published in a DNS TXT record. When an email is sent to an SPF enabled mail server it checks the SPF record to make sure that the email is coming from one of the mail servers that is authorized to send email for the particular domain.
Thousands of email providers and companies including Hotmail, AOL, and Google have begun publishing SPF records and have built SPF support in their spam filters. Microsoft has announced that they will begin filtering email that does not support SPF starting Oct 1st, 2004 and is urging ISP’s to begin publishing SPF records.
No-IP.com feels this solution has great potential to stop the forgery of email and reduce spam and the propagation of viruses. In efforts to get all of our customers to publish SPF records No-IP has now added text record support and an easy to use SPF record wizard, which helps administrators easily create and modify their SPF records.
“SPF should be a boon to all legitimate mail providers,” said Joel Rasmus, Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited about the possibilities of better service for our customers and more reliable interactions with our peers.”
The SPF wizard and text record support is immediately available to all No-IP Enhanced and No-IP Plus customers.
No-IP™, a subsidiary of Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, LLC, is a leading dynamic DNS and online services provider dedicated to helping companies and home users manage their Internet presence. No-IP™ offers a wide selection of online services, including domain registration, email solutions, server monitoring, and managed DNS to over three million users worldwide.