DMARC – What is it?
DMARC, which stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance”, is a technical specification created by a group of organizations that want to help reduce the potential for email-based abuse by solving a couple of long-standing operational, deployment, and reporting issues related to email authentication protocols.
DMARC standardizes how email receivers perform email authentication using the well-known SPF and DKIM mechanisms. This means that senders will experience consistent authentication results for their messages at AOL, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! and any other email receiver implementing DMARC. We hope this will encourage senders to more broadly authenticate their outbound email which can make email a more reliable way to communicate.
DMARC.org’s founding contributors include:
- Receivers: AOL, Comcast, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
- Senders: American Greetings, Bank of America, Facebook, Fidelity, LinkedIn, Paypal
- Intermediaries & Vendors: Agari, Cloudmark, eCert, ReturnPath, Trusted Domain Project