Have you ever received an email from yourself that you did not send?

While some conspiracy theorists may say that it’s an email from a past or future self, the reality is that someone is impersonating your email address and sending SPAM to other people!


How can I stop this?

One of the most common ways to prevent this from happening is by adding an SPF record for your domain name.


What is an SPF record?

An SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record is a type of DNS TXT record that lists email servers that are allowed to send mail for a domain. They are commonly used for email authentication.


How do I use it?

Since SPF records are a type of DNS record, they need to be added via your DNS Management Tool. This could be with your domain registrar, web hosting provider, or a third-party service (such as Cloudflare) that you use for this.

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Here is an example SPF record that allows both a private email server and Outlook/Microsoft 365 to send emails:

v=spf1 +ip4= +include:spf.protection.outlook.com -all

NOTE – Anything that has a + sign in front of it is allowed to send emails, while anything with a – sign is not allowed.

Usually your email hosting provider will be able to provide you with an SPF record you can add to your DNS. If not, you can create an SPF record using the IP address of your email hosting server and the domain name you use for your email addresses.

Domain Central can help you determine the SPF record you need for your email hosting. Click here to get in contact with us!


If you have any questions about SPF records or need our help to set one up, open a support ticket from your Client Area and our friendly team will be happy to help.