SPF, which is short for Sender Policy Framework, is an email safety system, that is employed to verify if an email message is sent by an official server. Employing SPF protection for a particular domain name will prevent the faking of emails made with the domain. In simple words: activating this function for a domain generates a specific record in the Domain Name System (DNS) which includes the IP of the servers which are permitted to send e-mail messages from mailboxes using the domain. As soon as this record propagates worldwide, it will exist on all the DNS servers that route the Internet traffic. Whenever a new email message is sent, the first DNS server it goes through checks if it comes from an approved server. In the event it does, it is sent to the destination address, however if it does not originate from a server part of the SPF record for the domain, it is discarded. In this way nobody can mask an email address and make it appear as if you are distributing spam. This method is also identified as email spoofing.