SPF(supported) / (dedicated subdomain)

This article covers the SPF and DKIM authentication processes for Critical Impact and how they are managed in Valimail Enforce. While only one of the two authentication methods is required for an email to pass DMARC, our recommendation is to configure both whenever possible.


Configuring DKIM authentication for your Critical Impact emails

Generate Sender Authentication Instructions

1. Go to Account -> Sender Authentication.

Note: If you do not see this tool, please reach out to your account manager.

2. Click the Add Domain button.

3. Enter the domain or subdomain you want to authenticate (e.g. abc.com) and click Save.

4. Select the newly added domain in the grid and click the Authenticate Domain button. This will generate the unique DNS instructions for your domain.

5. Click the Email Instructions button to receive a copy of the instructions in email form for you to forward to your IT team.

Important: If you manage DKIM for your domain in Valimail, you will need to add the TXT DKIM key on your domain's Configuration page in Valimail Enforce and any other remaining records in your DNS.

Complete Sender Authentication For Your Domain

1. Once you have added the DNS records, select the domain and click the Authenticate Domain button.

2. When you see green check marks next to the Existing Values and Recommended values, click the Begin Authentication button in the top right. (If you see red x marks, it means that the values do not match. Please see notes below.)

3. You will receive an email notification confirming that your domain is now successfully authenticated in your account. The status for the domain in the grid will display Authenticated.

You can also find the instructions on how to set up DKIM and SPF for Critical Impact, here.

Add a Critical Impact DKIM key in Enforce

1. Go to your domain's Configuration page in Valimail Enforce and publish the newly created DKIM key.

    a. Scroll down and add the DKIM key in your configuration, by clicking on Add a DKIM key

    b. Enter the selector name, the DKIM TXT value (the actual value is the entire string after the p= tag), associate the key with Critical Impact and then click Add.

Add a dkim key in Enforce

You can find more detailed information on how to add a DKIM key in Valimail Enforce here. 

Configuring SPF authentication for your Critical Impact emails

Once you establish that Critical Impact is an authorized sender for your domain, you will need to add the service in your Enabled Senders list in Enforce.

1. Please go to your domain's Configuration page in Enforce.

2. Click on the + sign from the Enabled Senders section:

3. Choose Critical Impact from the list of configurable senders and then click Enable:

Add service to the authorized list in Valimail

We encourage you to use the comment section for any useful information about your sending service, such as the name of the service owner, change request ticket numbers, etc.

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to submit a ticket.