Can I protect my domain from email spoofing?

Discover whether it's possible to secure your domain from being spoofed and how to deflect email spoofing.

My domain is being spoofed. How can I stop this from happening?

If you mean it's being spoofed via email -- that is, someone or something (i.e., a virus) is sending out emails that appear to be coming from your domain, there's basically nothing you can do to prevent it. You can, however, take a couple of steps to secure your email system to deflect some common problems. That is, ensure that SMTP relaying is disabled on your email server(s) and setup an email firewall (such as IronMail, MailMarshal, etc.) to keep rejected, spoofed and otherwise unwanted email traffic off your network.

If you're getting flame messages from disgruntled admins saying that junk is coming from your domain, try to explain to them that this issue is mostly out of your control. One thing that they can do on their end is to set their email servers to perform reverse lookups to match your valid IP address to your domain name. Many email servers have this capability.

If you want further "domain protection," check with your domain registrar to see if there's a way to remove your personal contact information that shows up via Whois queries and also see if there's a way to "lock" your domain to keep anyone else from registering it in their name.


This was first published in July 2005

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