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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.
(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).
* 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,
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.
(What? - The Author)
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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
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2016