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Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Yahoo deploys DomainKeys, hopes for the best

Let the MARID implementation wars begin!

Yahoo deploys DomainKeys, hopes for the best

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I've just deleted an offensive comment by my roommate. Sorry if anyone was bothered.
I am all for stopping spam but I see little point in DomainKeys. It doesn't stop spam. It doesn't make it easier to block spam. It only makes it easier to complain to the sender of spam, they don't care that you don't like spam. And it will only be effective if others start using a compatable technology. And it makes using email more annoying for those of us with lots of email addresses (on domains not under our control) who use just one SMTP server for everything.

PS. I am bothered by not getting to see the offensive comment. ;-)
I just do not understand. I seldom get spam in any of my acounts to begin with, whether it be MSN or Yahoo!

I don't think DomainKeys will have the kind of impact that SPF will have on people who consolidate their SMTP transmissions to a single server.

All DomainKeys does is allow a SMTP server to make a positive cryptographic assertion that the server in question originated a message. If your SMTP server allows you to send messages containing a 'From' header at different domains under your control, implementing DomainKeys at that server won't change that particular functionality.
Hi Queenie,

Thanks for stopping by. Many of the free webmail providers have gotten very good at filtering spam (though I did get some to my gmail account the other day *gasp*), and if your email address isn't easily 'guessable' and not published anywhere, you probably won't get a ton of spam.

I do get some spam, personally, but not a whole ton. My interest in the topic is more academic than due to any overriding need to solve the problem for myself.

However, rest assured, there are people who deal with a LOT of spam. Both Microsoft (MSN) and Yahoo are clearly concerned, as they have both issued standards within a MARID (Mail Authentication Record In DNS) framework designed to help solve parts of the spam problem. There are also reports (from anti-spam vendors, so take them with a grain of salt) that over half of the email on the internet is spam.

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