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How to enable DKIM

How to enable DKIM

Overview
This article defines DomainKeys (DKIM) and shows how Nexcess clients can enable them through the SiteWorx interface.

Definition

DKIM refers to DomainKeys, an email authentication system designed to verify the domain name system (DNS) of an email sender. It also verifies the integrity of the message sent by the sender, thereby diminishing the risk of email spoofing.

As owner of your domain, you can generate a private or public key pair which will be used to sign all outgoing messages from your domain. The public key is placed in the DNS zone of the domain as a TXT, or text record. The private key is kept on the outgoing mail server for the domain. When you send an email, the outgoing server will digitally sign it using your private key. The digital signature is added in the DKIM Signature header in the sent email.

When your email is received, the recipient can then verify your DKIM signature using the public key in your domain’s DNS. If the signature matches, this means that you have validated both the sending domain and that the message has not been changed in transit.

Notes

DKIM is an email authentication method and does not filter or identify spam. It is therefore recommended to use DKIM in conjunction with a spam prevention method such as Sender Policy Framework (SPFrecords.

Prerequisites

The only prerequisite is a SiteWorx account with the appropriate access permissions to modify DNS records. If you cannot modify your MX record, contact your reseller and ask them to alter the mail exchanger (MX) records for you. Depending on your service, this can be the Nexcess Support Team, your hosting reseller, or system administrator.

Procedure 

  1. Log in to your SiteWorx account.

    • If you do not know your password, click Forgot your password on the login page.
    • If you do not know the web address for your SiteWorx login page, either refer to your Welcome Email or contact our 24-hour Support Team for assistance.

  2. From the SiteWorx main menu, click Administration > Mail Options > DKIM (Figure 1).


    Figure 1. SiteWorx main menu; Administration > Mail Options > DKIM.

  3. Click Add next to the relevant domain name (Figure 2).


    Figure 2. DKIM Management; Add.

  4. Select Yes or No to specify whether DKIM will be tested for your domain (Figure 3). Unverified email will not be treated any differently from verified email. 

    SiteWorx Enable DomainKeys Dialog Box
    Figure 3. Testing Mode drop-down list and Enable button.

  5. Click Enable (Figure 3).
  6. The DKIM Management page displays as it was enabled for your domain.

External resources

For more information about DKIM, visit their website.  


For 24-hour assistance any day of the year, contact our Support Team by email or through the Client Portal.

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