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SPF Record Checker

Lookup and validate your SPF record.

SPF Record Checker

Use this tool to lookup and validate your SPF record.
Please enter a valid domain name, without http:// prefix

SPF Status

Record Checks

Valid SPF record
Failure Mode
DNS Lookups below 10 /10
Void Lookups below 2 /2
Error Details
Warning

Tags Found

Tag Value Description
v v = spf1 Record version
+ip4 Allow the listed IPv4 addresses
+ip6 Allow the listed IPv6 addresses
+include Check the SPF record of the listed domain for a matching IP address
+a Allow the IP addresses listed in the domain’s A record
+mx Allow the IP addresses of the domain’s MX hosts
+ptr Allow the IP addresses of the domain’s PTR hosts
+exist SPF passes if an A record lookup of the listed domain returns a valid result
+redirected Replace the current SPF record with that of the listed domain
-/~/? Apply a hardfail/softail/neutral result if no other mechanisms match
Any text as spf content
This is any error
spf record

What is SPF Record?

SPF  (Sender Policy Framework) is an email authentication protocol that allows recipients to distinguish between the domain owner’s authorized list of senders, and unauthorized emails. Authenticating your email using SPF is the first step toward preventing domain name abuse and impersonation. To configure SPF you have to set up a DNS record. Pairing your SPF record with other email authentication DNS records can increase its efficacy against cyberattacks. 

Our SPF checker is a software tool that helps you look up and check for errors in your SPF record. SPF checks help you to verify your domain’s SPF (Sender Policy Framework) configuration.

SPF Record Examples

1. Basic SPF record: v=spf1 mx -all

Explanation:

mx: Allows all the mail servers listed in the domain’s MX records to send email.

2. SPF record allowing specific IP addresses: v=spf1 ip4:192.0.2.1 -all

Explanation:

ip4:192.0.2.1: Allows the server with the IP address 192.0.2.1 to send email.

ip4:198.51.100.1: Allows the server with the IP address 198.51.100.1 to send email.

3. SPF record including another domain’s SPF record: v=spf1 include:_spf.example.com -all

Explanation:

include:_spf.example.com: Includes the SPF record of example.com. This means any servers authorized to send mail for example.com are also authorized for this domain.

How SPF Checker Works

Our SPF Checker Tool works by:

1. Retrieving the domain’s SPF record from DNS.

2. Parsing the record to understand its rules and mechanisms.

3. Evaluating the sender’s IP address against the SPF record.

4. Determining the authentication result (pass, fail, softfail, neutral, or permerror)…

Our SPF lookup tool performs the following functions:

1. Checks the existence of your published SPF record

2. Detects Multiple SPF Lookups

3. Evaluates SPF Record Validity

4. Validates IP Addresses and Domains

SPF Record Tags Explained 

SPF records are published in DNS (Domain Name System) and are comprised of several tags that define the syntax of the record. Here’s a breakdown of the commonly used SPF tags:

Why You Need to Test SPF Record?

An SPF checker tool can reduce the chances of your legitimate email messages landing in the spam folder, improve your overall email security, and filter out fraudulent emails. Here are the various benefits of frequent SPF record checks:

Common SPF Configuration Mistakes

SPF (Sender Policy Framework) is a powerful email authentication method to prevent email fraud. However, domain owners often make mistakes during the configuration process that can undermine its effectiveness. Here are some common errors to avoid:

How to Make Sure Your SPF Record is Valid?

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SPF Record Check FAQs

Check our comprehensive database of popular SPF record checker questions we come across often on our support forum.

Is SPF record check free?
With PowerDMARC, SPF record checks are completely free of charge no matter how many times you need to check SPF compliances and for how many different domains. However, lookups are performed 1 domain at a time.
How often should I perform SPF checks?
Our email authentication experts recommend domain owners to perform SPF checks once every month to ensure that record validity is maintained.
Why do I need SPF?
You need SPF to enhance email security and prevent email spoofing as it allows receiving mail servers to check whether the incoming email is sent from an authorized source.
What are my next steps?
Along with SPF, it is important to set up DMARC and DKIM for well-rounded protection against cyber attacks and reduce your DNS lookups with an SPF flattening tool.
How to check SPF record in office 365?
To check the SPF record in Office 365, follow these steps:
  1. Log in to your Office 365 Admin Center
  2. Go to Settings > Domain
  3. Select your domain name and click on DNS records
  4. Check if your TXT status is ok, and review your SPF record from the list of DNS records.
What are the potential consequences of failing SPF checks in email authentication?
Failing SPF checks in email authentication can lead to several consequences:
  • Increased likelihood of emails being marked as spam or rejected by recipient servers.
  • Diminished email deliverability, affecting communication with clients, partners, or customers.
  • Higher risk of phishing attacks succeeding, as spoofed emails may appear legitimate to recipients.
  • Damage to sender reputation, potentially leading to being blacklisted by email service providers.
  • Negative impact on brand reputation due to compromised email security and potential misuse of the sender’s domain.
Can SPF checks produce false positives or false negatives?
SPF checks may incorrectly flag legitimate emails as spam or unauthorized if the sender’s SPF record is misconfigured or if the email is forwarded through intermediary servers not listed in the SPF record. Forwarding scenarios can present challenges for SPF because forwarding often involves relaying emails through intermediary servers that may not be listed in the original sender’s SPF record. This can lead to SPF failures if the forwarding server’s IP address is not authorized in the SPF record. Include Mechanism: SPF allows domain owners to authorize additional servers to send emails on their behalf using the “include” mechanism. This mechanism allows a domain owner to delegate email sending responsibilities to third-party services or other domains. By including these authorized servers in the SPF record, forwarding scenarios involving these servers can be properly authenticated. Despite this, SPF does have limitations in handling forwarding scenarios. For instance, SPF may not work reliably in scenarios involving multiple forwarders or complex forwarding chains. Additionally, SPF does not inherently authenticate the content of emails, so even authenticated forwarded emails could still be phishing attempts or contain malicious content. Therefore, it’s essential to complement SPF with other email authentication mechanisms like DKIM and DMARC to enhance email security comprehensively.
How often should I use the SPF checker tool to monitor and maintain SPF records for my domain?
It’s recommended to periodically monitor and maintain SPF records for your domain, especially after any changes to your email infrastructure or domain settings. A good practice is to check SPF records whenever you make updates to your DNS records, email servers, or sender policies. Additionally, regular checks, such as every few months or after significant changes, can help ensure the continued effectiveness of your SPF configuration.
What steps should I take if the SPF checker tool detects errors or inconsistencies in my SPF records
If the SPF checker tool identifies errors or inconsistencies in your SPF records, consider the following steps:
  • Review the SPF record syntax and configuration for accuracy, ensuring that it includes all authorized email sources.
  • Correct any misconfigurations, such as missing or incorrect IP addresses, or mechanisms.
  • Update DNS records with the revised SPF information and allow time for DNS propagation.
  • Test the revised SPF record using the SPF checker tool to verify its accuracy.
  • Monitor email deliverability and SPF authentication status to ensure that the issues have been resolved effectively through DMARC reports.
Consider consulting with our email security experts for assistance in troubleshooting and optimizing SPF configurations. Contact us now!

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