DKIM record – What does it mean?
The DKIM record, or DomainKeys Identified Mail, is a security standard allowing domains to sign outgoing emails through cryptographic authentication. In this approach, domains can demonstrate that the emails arriving from their end are authentic. So they are trustworthy. The DKIM record also protects communications to stop tampering with them while in transit (sending server-recipient server).
How does it function?
In addition to collaborating with SPF and DMARC to create several layers of security for domains sending emails, DKIM is compatible with the current email infrastructure. When an email leaves the sender server, it is signed with a private key using public-key cryptography.
Then, in order to confirm the message’s origin and ensure that it was not altered in transit, recipient servers employ a public key that has been made available to a domain’s DNS. Finally, the email passes DKIM and is valid if the receiver server confirms the signature using the public key.