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How does SMTP work?

2012-02-21 5:09 am EST

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For example, I have several email accounts under cPanel:

Why can I send email from through SMTP by username of or

Can I separate it?

Thank you!

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Tim S
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2012-02-21 9:17 am EST
Hi tacit,

Thanks for posting your question. I'm more than happy to assist you today. It sounds like you are referring to SMTP authentication and spoofing. If this is not what you're talking about can you explain it a bit further?

Spoofing is when an email is sent from one email address but looks like it originated from another account. There are ways to combat spoofing namely setting up SPF records. SPF records are DNS records that specify what machines can send emails on the behalf of the domain.

Here's an article on how to set up SPF records:
Email Authentication and SPF Records

Here's an article explaining spoofing:
Email Spoofing and Domain Keys

If you need further assistance please feel free to contact us.


Tim S

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