DNS and SPF Verification: A Basic Guide

What is DNS?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is an essential element of the internet that simplifies the way we navigate online. It works like a digital phonebook that links domain names (such as fmgsuite.com) to IP addresses (like IP addresses are unique numerical identifiers assigned to each device connected to a network, similar to phone numbers for individual phones. However, it can be difficult to remember a complex string of numbers, so DNS makes it easier by mapping domain names to IP addresses. DNS allows us to use easier-to-remember domain names instead.

How Do I Update My DNS Records?

For Those Managing Their Own Domains

If you manage your own domain, you would log into your domain host and edit your DNS zone file.

For Those Whose Domains Are Managed by FMG

If FMG manages your domain, please reach out to our Support team for help with updating your DNS records.

The Role of SPF Verification in DNS

The Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and the Domain Name System (DNS) are interconnected, working together to enhance email security and delivery.

SPF is a verification method that email servers use to ensure an email has been sent from a valid source. It does this by comparing the IP address of the email's sender with a list of authorized IP addresses specified in the SPF record of the domain name linked with the email address.

The Importance of SPF Verification

SPF verification is important for several reasons:

  • Improves email deliverability: Emails with valid SPF records are more likely to be delivered to the inbox than emails without SPF records.

  • Safeguards Your Domain Reputation: SPF helps prevent email spoofing, where scammers send emails that appear to come from your domain. By doing so, SPF protects your domain's reputation and prevents it from being associated with spam or phishing emails.

  • Complies with industry standards: Many email service providers and hosting companies require their users to implement SPF records.

To learn more about SPF verification for email delivery, click here.