Streamline - Summer 2016 - (Page 34)

Spoofed! BY CARL BROWN, PRESIDENT, GETTINGGREATRATES.COM in my inbox. All but 25 of them had subject lines like, "Sending Failure" and "Message Rejected." I was spoofed. It was awful. But my story might help you avoid being spoofed, too. TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND EMAILS December 17, 2015: Four hundred email failure messages. "Hmm," I thought. I should have thought deeper! December 18: Four thousand failure messages. I won't say what I thought. December 19: Twenty-five thousand failure messages, give or take a few thousand. What WAS I thinking? Email spoofing is the creation of email messages with a forged sender address. - Wikipedia (Spoofing is done to send out junk e-mail, phishing e-mail or just to be malicious. - The Author) Finally, I took action. I killed my email address, my identity for the last 10 years - ouch. Later on I discovered killing an email address won't stop spoofing. Thus, began my research into spoofing. Amazingly, there is not much guidance out there. This is what I picked up. Spoofers are like a pack of hyenas. When they sense injury they all jump on. Soon after that, those who received spam and phishing e-mails under your name start to call and e-mail YOU. And you learn some new bad words. You prevent and stop spoofing by doing the same things: * If you use Gmail, Hotmail or another online service, they should already have spoof prevention in place but don't just assume they do. Call tech support of the host of the server that carries your email to make sure that the next bullet point measure has been activated for your email account. * If your city or district has a website and you run email through that site, you are vulnerable. Call tech support at the company that hosts your website. Tell them you were spoofed, or you want to prevent spoofing (hopefully the latter). Domain Name System (DNS) File is a text file that describes a DNS zone. The zone file contains mappings between domain names and IP addresses and other resources, organized in the form of text representations of resource records (RR). - Wikipedia * Under the guidance of tech support, go to your website settings page. * Open the "DNS Zone File" page and set the "TXT Record" value, which exerts control over email, so that email with your address on it will only be claimed as yours if it actually came from your host's server. The thing that does this is called a "SPF Record." The SPF Record tells other people's email servers that if they get an emailith your address on it but it came from any other server, REJECT IT. TXT (Text) Record is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) used to provide the ability to associate some arbitrary and unformatted text with a host or other name. - Wikipedia (What? - The Author) 34 S T R E A M L I N E * S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 http://www.GETTINGGREATRATES.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2016

From the President: Life’s a Dance
From the Executive Director: Drum Roll Please...
VRWA’s 2016 Conference Highlights
VRWA Says “Until We Meet Again
System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change???
Confessions of the Chronically Late
OSHA’S Recordkeeping Rule
Lead
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
Spoofed!
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
NRWA Recap
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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