DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) is an authentication system used to certify that an email message has been sent by an authorized individual or mail server. An electronic signature is added to the email message’s header by using a private key. When the email is received, a public key that is available in the global DNS database is used to validate who exactly sent it and if its content has been edited in some way. The main purpose of DomainKeys Identified Mail is to hamper the widespread spam and scam email messages, as it makes it impossible to fake an email address. If a message is sent from an address claiming to belong to your bank or financial institution, for instance, but the signature doesn’t correspond, you will either not get the email message at all, or you’ll get it with a warning note that most probably it’s not legitimate. It depends on mail service providers what exactly will happen with an email that fails to pass the signature examination. DomainKeys Identified Mail will also give you an additional layer of safety when you communicate with your business associates, for instance, since they can see for themselves that all the e-mails that you exchange are legitimate and haven’t been manipulated in the meantime.

DomainKeys Identified Mail in Web Hosting

If you host a domain in a web hosting account with us, all the required records for using the DomainKeys Identified Mail functionality will be created by default. This will happen as soon as you add the domain name in the Control Panel’s Hosted Domains section, on the condition that it also uses our NS resource records. A private cryptographic key will be generated on our email servers, while a public key will be sent to the global DNS system automatically using the TXT record. In this way, you will not need to do anything manually and you will be able to take full advantage of all the benefits of this authentication system – your emails will be sent to any target audience without being discarded and no one will be able to send messages forging your e-mail addresses. The latter is pretty important in case the essence of your web presence involves sending out regular offers or newsletters via email to prospective and current customers.

DomainKeys Identified Mail in Semi-dedicated Hosting

All necessary DKIM records will be created automatically by our cloud hosting platform when you add a domain name as hosted in a semi-dedicated server account, so if you choose to buy a semi-dedicated hosting package, you will not have to configure anything to be able to take advantage of the email validation system. The domain name must use our name servers in order for its DNS records to be managed on our end and in case this condition is fulfilled, a private key will be created on our mail servers and a public key will be sent to the global DNS database by a special TXT record. All email addresses that you set up with the domain name will be protected by DomainKeys Identified Mail, which will make it impossible for 3rd parties to forge any address. Both you and your partners or customers can take advantage of this service, as it will guarantee a higher level of safety for your e-communication.