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Mastering DNS Entries for Secure Mail Sending and Reputation Management: A Step-by-Step Guide

Chris Collins

Senior Director, DevSecOps & IT

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Mastering Domain Name Services entries
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Published 05/03/24
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In the digital landscape where email communication reigns supreme, ensuring the security of your email sending and cultivating a positive sending reputation are paramount. Regardless of the email send mechanism—Marketing Automation Platforms, Conversica Revenue Digital Assistants™ or individual business email senders—locking down your mail-sending security will ensure your intended audience actually receives your messages.

At the heart of these efforts lies the meticulous management of DNS (Domain Name System) entries. These entries serve as the backbone for securing email transmissions and upholding sender credibility.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the crucial role of DNS entries in safeguarding your email deliverability and reputation, along with practical steps to ensure their effectiveness.

Understanding DNS Entries and Their Importance

DNS entries are configurations within DNS records that provide vital information about a domain’s mail servers, security protocols and sender reputation mechanisms. These entries play a pivotal role in authenticating email communications, preventing spoofing and ensuring the trustworthiness of sender domains.

Implementing secure email sending practices is important no matter what communication tools your organizations use, but it’s particularly crucial for Conversica users. Email deliverability is key for the success of your Revenue Digital Assistant’s campaigns; if poor DNS management causes your RDA’s messages not to make it to the intended recipient, results will naturally suffer. This negatively impacts your ability to engage effectively with leads, hampering your overall Marketing and Sales efforts.

Moreover, implementing secure email sending practices is a fundamental security best practice, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of email communications across your organization.

The process can seem daunting, but it’s well worth the time to do right from the outset to make sure you get the best possible return on your Conversica investment. Making the effort up front to master DNS entries will help you avoid significant mail deliverability challenges by enhancing your sender reputation, leading to improved engagement and conversion rates.

Essential DNS Entries for Secure Mail Sending

  1. MX (Mail Exchange) Records: MX records specify the mail servers responsible for receiving incoming emails on behalf of a domain. Verifying MX records ensures that emails are routed correctly and reach their intended recipients without delays or errors.

    To verify MX records for an example domain:
      – Use the `nslookup` command or online DNS lookup tools.
      – Type `nslookup -type=mx` in the command line interface.
      – Ensure that the listed mail servers are accurate and properly configured.

    Example MX Record:
      “` MX 10
  2. PTR (Pointer) Records: PTR records, also known as Reverse DNS records, map IP addresses to domain names.

    To verify PTR records:
      – Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or system administrator.
      – Request them to perform a reverse DNS lookup for your mail server’s IP address.
      – Confirm that the returned domain name matches your mail server’s hostname.

      Example PTR Record:
      “` PTR

Enhancing Mail Sending Reputation with Authentication Mechanisms

  1. SPF (Sender Policy Framework): SPF prevents email spoofing by specifying which IP addresses are authorized to send emails on behalf of a domain. Verifying SPF records ensures that emails are authenticated and trusted by recipient servers.

    To verify SPF records:
       – Use SPF record checker tools available online.
    – Send a test email to a service like Gmail and examine the email headers to verify SPF authentication.

       Example SPF Record:
       “` TXT “v=spf1 -all”

  2. DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail): DKIM adds a digital signature to outgoing emails, verifying their authenticity and integrity. Verifying DKIM records helps establish sender credibility and ensures that emails are not tampered with during transmission.

    To verify DKIM:
       – Send a test email to an address that supports DKIM verification.
    – Check the email headers for DKIM signatures.

    Example DKIM Record:

  3. DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance): DMARC provides domain owners with control over email authentication policies. Verifying DMARC records helps enforce email security policies and protect against domain impersonation attacks.

    To verify DMARC:
       – Send a test email and analyze DMARC reports generated by receiving mail servers.
    – Utilize DMARC reporting tools to monitor DMARC compliance.

    Example DMARC Record:
       “` TXT “v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; rua=mailto:[email protected]; ruf=mailto:[email protected]; fo=1”

Continuous Monitoring and Maintenance

Regularly monitor DNS configurations, including MX, SPF, DKIM, DMARC, and PTR records, to ensure accuracy and effectiveness. Monitoring email delivery metrics such as delivery rate, bounce rate, complaint rate, open and click-through rates can help you assess the performance of your Conversica email campaigns and maintain a positive sending reputation. Stay informed about ever-evolving industry best practices and emerging threats to adapt DNS entries accordingly.


By following these step-by-step instructions to verify and configure essential DNS entries, domain owners can establish a robust framework for secure email transmission and safeguard their sender reputation against malicious activities. Embrace these DNS best practices to instill trust, reliability, and credibility in your email communications, ultimately leading to improved engagement, conversion rates and increased returns on your Conversica campaigns.

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