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Why Businesses and Domain Owners Should Implement DMARC Before February 2024

DMARCDo you send email using your own domain name?  If so, there is something you should know about and it may affect your ability to reach your email audience.

Starting in February of 2024, Google and Yahoo will require most email senders to use DMARC in order to send email to Google or Yahoo recipients. This means that if you want your emails to be delivered to Google or Yahoo recipients, you need to properly enable DMARC for your business email domain.

DMARC is an email authentication protocol that, together with SPF and DKIM, makes it easier to determine whether or not a given message is legitimately from the sender, and what to do if it isn’t. It is designed to give email domain owners the ability to protect their domain from unauthorized use, commonly known as email spoofing.

By implementing DMARC, you increase the likelihood that your emails are delivered to your customers’ inboxes, and not marked as spam or rejected. This will help you maintain a good email sending reputation.

Widomaker can help you enable SPF, DKIM, and DMARC for your business email domain, even if the domain is not hosted with us. We are email deployment experts. Contact us today, by telephone or email, to discuss this with an email expert!

Is your hosted email domain ready for Google’s & Yahoo’s DMARC requirements?

DMARCStarting in February of 2024, Google, Yahoo, and others, will begin requiring that DMARC, SPF, and DKIM, be properly set up on your domain name, if you will be sending email, from your email domain, to them. DMARC, SPF, and DKIM, help authenticate email senders by verifying that the emails came from the domain that they claim to be from.

You can check your domain name, to see if DMARC has already been set up, by using this DMARC Check tool.

Contact us, to set up an appointment, to review your domain, and make sure DMARC is properly set up, so you don’t have trouble sending email to those providers beginning in 2024.

Check if you are a victim of the Qakbot Malware!

The Justice Department today announced a multinational operation involving actions in the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Romania, and Latvia to disrupt the botnet and malware known as Qakbot and take down its infrastructure. [1]

On August 29th, 2023, the FBI provided Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) with 6.43M email addresses to help notify impacted victims of their exposure to the Qakbot malware. Anyone may check to see if their email address is included in the list of victims of the Qakbot malware via the HIBP notification service.

We recommend that everyone subscribes to the free notification service provided by Have I Been Pwned (HIBP) which can notify you if your email address is found in certain data breaches, including being in the Qakbot data.

Qakbot relied on compromised accounts to spread its malicious emails. If a receiver interacted with one of these emails, it is highly likely that their device became infected. As a result, they would have become part of the Qakbot botnet. [2]

If you find that your email address is in the Qakbot data, meaning your computer was probably infected with the malware, you should take several actions, including resetting your email password, and resetting any other passwords that were used on the infected computer (banking, shopping, etc.). Also, it’s possible your computer is infected with other additional malware, it should be scanned by a reputable antivirus/anti-malware product such as Malwarebytes or Windows Defender. Since Qakbot targets, among other things, banking/financial details, you should carefully review bank statements for unauthorized transactions and report any you find to your financial institution.

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How to Recover from a Phishing Password Compromise

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What is a Phishing Password Compromise?

A phishing password compromise occurs when an attacker tricks you into revealing your login credentials, such as your username and password, through a phishing attack. Once the attacker has your login credentials, they can access your account and steal sensitive information or use your account for malicious purposes.

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Ways to Avoid Email Phishing Scams

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What is Email Phishing?

Email phishing is a type of cyber attack where the attacker sends a fraudulent email to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information. Phishing emails can be very convincing and may appear to come from a legitimate source, such as a bank or a popular online service.

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