So, you've signed up for Valimail Authenticate... awesome! We are glad you are here! But you might be asking yourself "what's next?" or "where's the data?" In this quick guide, we will walk you through the single most important action you need to take after you sign in: Point DMARC reports to Valimail! Once you do so, you'll experience the eye-opening visibility into your email ecosystem that only Valimail can provide. 


Note: Portions of this guide will show DNS configuration outside of Valimail for context. The DNS provider we are using in this guide is GoDaddy. Your DNS provider may not look the same, but the changes we are making are what you will be performing in your own DNS portal. 


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Pointing DMARC Reports to Valimail

This task may sound daunting at first, but don't worry, it's one of the simplest changes you can make in DNS that will provide you an infinite amount of value. In less than five minutes of setup, you can monitor your emails to get full visibility into who is sending emails as you and to identify those bad actors! There is zero risk to making this change. No user impact. No private information is shared. It's worry-free! Let's get started.


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Look no further! Skip the reading and follow along in our quick how-to video



Step 1: Log in to Valimail

Simple, right? Go to https://app.valimail.com Odds are you've signed in when you received your invite link (hint: if you haven't done so, check your inbox!) and will be redirected to the dashboard. If not, log in to be directed to your domain's landing page which is where all the magic happens.


Step 2: Gather DMARC TXT Record Info

Valimail makes it simple to find the exact values needed to start sending DMARC reports for your domain to Valimail. 


Click "Setup DNS"


Click "Set up DNS record for DMARC"

That's It! You're now at the section that has the information you need to put in DNS. Let's keep going!


Step 3: Add (or modify) your DMARC TXT Record 

Log in to your DNS host and find how to edit your TXT records. Different hosts put these controls in different places. It may help to review this guide.


If you have a DMARC record already, add one recipient.

Look for a record that begins with "v=DMARC1." This will be your DMARC record. Simply add this address to the RUA value in the record

rua=mailto:dmarc_agg@valimail.com

If you have more than one recipient listed, make sure you add a comma between each recipient entry

For example:

rua=mailto:dmarc_agg@vali.email,mailto:dmarc_agg@example.com


If you don't have a DMARC record already, use the information that the app is providing you, copy the HOST and VALUE and enter it into your DNS with a TTL of 600 seconds.



Step 4: Go grab some coffee, tea, or your beverage of choice

Seriously, go take a break! It will take some time for DNS to update. We will send you an email once it's time to log back in and check things out.