If you are here reading this blog, chances are you have come across either of the following common prompts:
- No DMARC record
- No DMARC record found
- DMARC record is missing
- DMARC record not found
- No DMARC record published
- DMARC policy not enabled
- Unable to find DMARC record
Either way, this only implies that your domain is not configured with the most highly acclaimed and popularly used email authentication standard- Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance or DMARC. Let’s take a look at what it is:
What is DMARC and why do you need email authentication for your domain?
In order to learn about how to fix the “No DMARC record found” issue, let’s learn what DMARC is all about. DMARC is the most widely used email authentication standard at the current time, which is designed to empower domain owners with the ability to specify to receiving servers how they should handle messages that fail authentication checks. This in turn helps in protecting their domain from unauthorized access and email spoofing attacks. DMARC uses popular standard authentication protocols to validate inbound and outbound messages from your domain.
Protect Your Business from Impersonation Attacks and Spoofing with DMARC
Did you know that email is the easiest way cybercriminals can abuse your brand name?
By using your domain and impersonating your brand, hackers can send malicious phishing emails to your own employees and customers. Since SMTP is not retrofitted with secure protocols against fake “From” fields, an attacker can forge email headers to send fraudulent emails from your domain. Not only will this compromise security in your organization, but it will seriously harm your brand reputation.
Email spoofing can lead to BEC (Business Email Compromise), loss of valuable company information, unauthorized access to confidential data, financial loss and reflect poorly on your brand’s image. Even after implementing SPF and DKIM for your domain, you cannot prevent cybercriminals from impersonating your domain. This is why you need an email authentication protocol like DMARC, which authenticates emails using both the mentioned protocols and specifies to receiving servers of your clients, employees, and partners how to respond if an email is from an unauthorized source and fails authentication checks. This gives you maximum protection against exact-domain attacks and helps you be in complete control of your company’s domain.
Furthermore, with the help of an effective email authentication standard like DMARC, you can improve your email delivery rate, reach, and trust.
Adding The Missing DMARC Record for Your Domain
It can be annoying and confusing to come across prompts saying “Hostname returned a missing or invalid DMARC record” when checking for a domain’s DMARC record while using online tools.
For fixing the “No DMARC record found” issue for your domain all you need to do is add a DMARC record for your domain. Adding a DMARC record is essentially publishing a text (TXT) record in your domain’s DNS, in the _dmarc.example.com subdomain in compliance with DMARC specifications. A DMARC TXT Record in your DNS may look something like this:
v=DMARC1; p=none; rua=mailto:[email protected]
And Voila! You have successfully resolved the “No DMARC record found” prompt as your domain is now configured with DMARC authentication and contains a DMARC record.
But is this enough? The answer is no. Simply adding a DMARC TXT record to your DNS may resolve the missing DMARC prompt, but it is simply not enough to mitigate impersonation attacks and spoofing.
I’ve fixed the “No DMARC record found” error, what’s next?
Once you have a published DMARC record on your domain, it is important to make sure your published record is valid.
- Check your DMARC record with a DMARC record checker tool. It’s free!
- DMARC makes use of SPF and/or DKIM identifiers to verify the authority of sending domains. Make sure you have a valid and published SPF/DKIM record for your domain. Check it here.
- Monitor your domains and authentication results from time to time to track your email deliverability.
Implement DMARC the Right Way with PowerDMARC
PowerDMARC helps your organization achieve 100% DMARC Compliance by aligning authentication standards, and helps you shift from monitoring to enforcement in no time, resolving the “no DMARC record found” prompt in no time! Furthermore, our interactive and user-friendly dashboard automatically generates:
- Aggregate Reports (RUA) for all your registered domains, which are simplified and converted into readable tables and charts from complex XML file format for your understanding.
- Forensic reports (RUF) with encryption
In order to mitigate “no DMARC record found”, all you need to do is:
- Generate your free DMARC record with PowerDMARC and select your desired DMARC policy with ease.
The DMARC policy can be set to :
- p=none (DMARC is set at monitoring only, wherein emails failing authentication will still be delivered to your recipient’s inboxes, however, you will be getting aggregate reports informing you about the authentication results)
- p=quarantine (DMARC is set at the enforcement level, wherein emails failing authentication will be delivered to the spam box instead of your recipient’s inbox)
- p=reject (DMARC is set at maximum enforcement level, wherein emails failing authentication would either be deleted or not delivered at all)
PowerDMARC is a single email authentication SaaS platform that combines all email authentication best practices such as DMARC, SPF, DKIM, BIMI, MTA-STS, and TLS-RPT, under the same roof. We provide optimal visibility into your email ecosystem with the help of our detailed aggregate reports and help you automatically update changes to your dashboard without you having to update your DNS manually.
We tailor solutions to your domain and handle everything for you completely in the background, all the way from configuration to set up to monitoring. We help you implement DMARC correctly to help keep impersonation attacks at bay!
Hope we helped you fix the “No DMARC record found” error! Sign up with PowerDMARC to get a free DMARC trial for your domain today!