SPF | DMARC | DKIM Alignment Errors - Answer from ChatGPT 4.0

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Q: what does this mean: the domain.example does not align with the header-From domain.example causing SPF to fail.

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A: This error message indicates that there is a misalignment between the domain in the “header-From” field of the email and the domain specified in the email’s SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record. This misalignment is causing the SPF check to fail, which may result in the email being marked as spam or not being delivered at all.

The SPF record is a DNS (Domain Name System) record that specifies which mail servers are authorized to send email on behalf of a domain. When a recipient’s email server receives an email, it checks the SPF record of the sender’s domain to determine if the sending server is authorized.

If there is a misalignment between the domains or the sending server is not listed in the SPF record, the email may be considered suspicious.

To resolve this issue, you should:

  1. Verify the SPF record: Ensure that the SPF record for your domain includes the correct list of authorized mail servers that can send email on your domain’s behalf. You can use online SPF checking tools to validate your SPF record.

  2. Check the “header-From” field: Ensure that the “header-From” field of your email is correctly set to your domain. If you are using an email client or software, verify the “From” address configuration.

  3. Align domains: Ensure that the domain in the “header-From” field matches the domain in the SPF record. If you are using a third-party service to send email on your behalf, you might need to update your SPF record to include their mail servers or consider using a subdomain to send these emails.

  4. Test email deliverability: After making any necessary changes, test your email deliverability using online testing tools to ensure that the SPF issue is resolved.

If you continue to experience issues with SPF misalignment, you may need to consult with your email service provider or a professional for further assistance.

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