Black Friday: mail.com provides more protection against phishing with DMARC security standard

The email provider mail.com is now using the international security standard DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance). This improves the protection of its users against fraud emails with forged sender addresses.
Phishing emails that, for example, only pretend to be from a well-known e-commerce company or payment service provider do not end up in the inbox, but are handled in accordance with the DMARC policy. In this way, the imitated email sender whose address has been forged can specify that the fake message be rejected directly ("reject policy") or delivered to the spam folder ("quarantine policy").

The authenticity of the emails is checked according to the SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail) standards. Large companies from the e-commerce and banking/fintech sectors in particular use DMARC. mail.com's emails are also protected against impersonation using DMARC.

Black Friday: the big spam and phishing wave is on its way

In the run-up to the Black Friday promotion days and in the weeks before Christmas, spam and phishing volumes increase by up to 50 percent compared to the summer months. This year, fraudsters are again frequently trying to obtain money or data via supposed bargain offers, fictitious order confirmations or fake payment requests from parcel service providers. In doing so, they try to exploit the decreasing caution of online shoppers on the hunt for bargains.

What helps against new spam tricks

Even though spammers are always using new tricks, security standards such as DMARC help keep fraudulent messages out of the email inbox. In addition to regular spam filters, mail.com uses artificial intelligence to fight spam. This enables new spam attacks to be detected even earlier and more reliably. Email users can also actively help in the fight against spam if they do not delete or ignore suspicious emails, but instead mark them as spam. In this way, they train the spam filters and thus help to quickly identify new spam attacks.

About mail.com

mail.com is one of the top free email portals in the United States, with its data center located in Lenexa, Kansas. The company offers its consumer and business users an unparalleled selection of more than 200 supplier-neutral email addresses related to a broad variety of topics like business, geographic location and personal interests. mail.com also provides online office solutions and cloud applications, and presents international news covering a broad spectrum of content categories. Options such as mobile apps, browser add-ons and mail collector make it easy for users to access and manage their email accounts. With state-of-the-art internet security and careful adherence to customer privacy requirements, mail.com strives for optimum performance. mail.com is a member of United Internet, Europe’s leading internet specialist.

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