DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) is an email validation system used to prove that an email has been sent by an authenticated server or person. An electronic signature is attached to the header of the message using a private cryptographic key. When the email message is received, a public key that is available in the global DNS database is used to confirm who actually sent it and if its content has been modified in any way. The principal function of DKIM is to stop the widely spread scam and spam messages, as it makes it impossible to forge an email address. If an email message is sent from an email address claiming to belong to your bank or financial institution, for instance, but the signature doesn’t match, you will either not receive the email at all, or you will receive it with a warning alert that most likely it’s not a genuine one. It depends on mail service providers what exactly will happen with an email which fails to pass the signature check. DKIM will also give you an added layer of safety when you communicate with your business allies, for example, as they can see for themselves that all the messages that you exchange are genuine and have not been tampered with in the meantime.

DomainKeys Identified Mail in Web Hosting

In case you host a domain in a web hosting account with our company, all the obligatory records for using the DomainKeys Identified Mail functionality will be set up by default. This will happen as soon as you add the domain in the Control Panel’s Hosted Domains section, as long as the domain also uses our NS records. A private cryptographic key will be generated on our email servers, while a public key will be published to the global Domain Name System automatically by using the TXT record. Thus, you will not have to do anything manually and you’ll be able to make use of all the benefits of this authentication system – your messages will be sent to any target destination without being discarded and nobody will be able to send out email messages faking your addresses. The latter is really important if the type of your online presence suggests sending regular newsletters or offers via email to potential and existing clients.

DomainKeys Identified Mail in Semi-dedicated Hosting

All compulsory DomainKeys Identified Mail records will be set up automatically by our cloud hosting platform when you add a domain as hosted in a semi-dedicated server account, so if you decide to buy a semi-dedicated package, you won’t need to set up anything to be able to use the email validation system. The domain should use our name servers so that its DNS records can be managed by us and in case this prerequisite is fulfilled, a private key will be created on our email servers and a public key will be sent to the Domain Name System by a special TXT resource record. All addresses that you set up using the domain name will be protected by DKIM, which will make it impossible for third parties to forge any email address. Both you and your partners or customers can take advantage of this functionality, as it will guarantee a much higher safety level for your e-communication.