Are Your Email Settings Secure? Here’s How to Find Out for Yourself

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As we all know, email is the primary target for cybercriminals looking to steal sensitive information, spread malware or to launch phishing attacks. To combat these ongoing threats, email security protocols have evolved over time. In addition, email sending standards have also changed and have become more thorough.

Thus, companies that haven’t kept up with these innovations may have substantial email security and deliverability gaps. In our experience, in fact, most small and mid-sized businesses do indeed fall short in this regard.

Problem is: how can you quickly discern whether your business might be one with an email settings problem? Today, we’ll show you how to find out for yourself with a few simple clicks.

For this example, we will highlight just one of those email settings: DMARC.

What is DMARC?

DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance. It is a protocol that uses Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) to verify the authenticity of an email message. Essentially, DMARC allows domain owners to specify how incoming email messages from their domain should be handled, providing a way to combat email spoofing and phishing attacks.

Why is DMARC important for email security?

Email spoofing is a common technique used by cybercriminals to send emails that appear to be from a legitimate source but are, in fact, fraudulent. DMARC helps spoofing by authenticating email messages, allowing the recipient’s email client to automatically verify that the message is from a trusted source.

DMARC also provides reporting capabilities, enabling domain owners to receive reports on how their domain is being used for email messages. This can help identify and block unauthorized use of the domain for phishing or spamming purposes.

Implementing DMARC can also improve email deliverability, as it reduces the likelihood of legitimate emails being caught by spam filters. When an email message fails DMARC checks, the recipient can choose to reject or quarantine the message, preventing it from reaching the inbox.

So, why are you telling me about DMARC?

Here’s why. Visit the following page and enter your company’s url: (as an aside, MX Toolbox is a handy tool for discovering certain high-level, publicly available insights about a domain, its web presence and email services, but we’ll focus only on DMARC today).

If the results look like ours do, with three green checkmarks:

Mxtoolbox DMARC Settings Good

…it means someone has thoughtfully set up your organization’s email. Optimal email security doesn’t happen by itself, unfortunately.

If, however, your results contain some combination of red and yellow checkmarks like the image below, the odds are high that the rest of your email settings are also poorly set up.

Mxtoolbox DMARC Settings Bad Result

The rest of my settings?

Yes, DMARC is just one of 11 key email security and deliverability settings we review and fix on behalf of clients.

For non-clients who have read this post, checked MX Toolbox, found their DMARC settings to be lacking and want to learn with certainty whether all their email settings are out of date, we have an offer for you.

Fill out the form on the following page and simply mention this blog post; we’ll cut the normal cost of our Business Email Security Audit in half. For just $195, you will get a full view of your email security settings and will know with certainty what security and deliverability gaps you’re living with today.

We’ve tried to make this so inexpensive as to make this a no-brainer. You already know that email is THE number one gateway for cyber criminals so don’t wait!

Contact us today to schedule your email security audit. You’ll receive our 11-point report covering settings that you – and maybe even your IT provider – didn’t realize were creating a risk to your entire organization.

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