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January 30th, 2012
January 30th, 2012

Google, Facebook, Pay Pal, and others: anti-phishing email protocol

Can some of the web giants work together to help stop deceptive email?

The plan surrounds the existing systems DKIM and SPF and from a quick read seems to basically be an attempt to back and promote these existing systems with a few add-ons. To quote the web site "A group of leading organizations came together in the spring of 2011 to collaborate on a method for combating fraudulent email at Interenet-scale."

The main difference here seems to be that DMARC includes instructions for what should be done when a email is received that fails the tests. Currently SPF and DKIM just attempt (loosly) to identify valid email but itīs up to the client to deturmin what to do if an email comes in that fails the test.

From the site:
"A DMARC policy allows a sender to indicate that their emails are protected by SPF and/or DKIM, and tells a receiver what to do if neither of those authentication methods passes - such as junk or reject the message. DMARC removes guesswork from the receiverīs handling of these failed messages, limiting or eliminating the userīs exposure to potentially fraudulent & harmful messages. DMARC also provides a way for the email receiver to report back to the sender about messages that pass and/or fail DMARC evaluation."

Will it work, letīs hope so! only time will tell what the bad boys can come up with the try and circumvent this latest filter but it certainly canīt hurt!

For more information check the web site

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