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AOL shores up email settings after spam spoofing spree

Sets DMARC policy to reject
Wed Apr 23 2014, 10:16

STILL THERE COMPANY AOL has shored up its email settings to protect users from spoofed accounts and spam email.

The move followed a period of spoofing spamming that upset some AOL users and has seen the firm fire up its Twitter account to appease pleading punters.

However, while the change might appeal to the spammed, it will impact any AOL user that uses AOL for legitimate email services. If that is you, you might have to lump it.

The change sees the firm rejecting any AOL email that does not come from AOL servers. It expects that this will save it from further spoofing embarrassment and its punters from more account takeovers.

"Today we moved to change our DMARC policy to p=reject. This helps to protect AOL Mail users' addresses from unauthorised use," said the firm in a post.

"It also stops delivery on what previously would have been considered authorised mail sent on behalf of AOL Mail users via non-AOL servers. If you're a bulk sender on behalf of AOL addresses, that probably includes mail sent from you."

AOL offered affected users some consolation, in that it said it was sorry. However, it added that the end user must change their approach in order to keep using its systems.

"We recognise that some legitimate senders will be challenged by this change and forced to update how they send mail and we sincerely regret the inconvenience to you," it added.

"In almost all cases, we recommend that you switch to sending mail from your own domain. For website operators with 'share from email' functionality, please consider using an email address from your own domain as the From address and populate the Reply-To: line with the address of the person sharing." µ


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