SPF, which is an acronym for Sender Policy Framework, is an email safety system, that is employed to validate if an email message was sent by an authorized server. Employing SPF protection for a particular domain will stop the counterfeiting of email addresses created with the domain. In layman's terms: activating this function for a domain name makes a specific record in the Domain Name System (DNS) that contains the IP of the servers that are permitted to send emails from mail boxes under the domain. As soon as this record propagates globally, it exists on all of the DNS servers that direct the Internet traffic. When some email message is sent, the initial DNS server it goes through verifies whether it comes from an accredited server. When it does, it is forwarded to the destination address, but when it doesn't come from a server part of the SPF record for the domain, it's discarded. In this way nobody can mask an e-mail address then make it appear as if you're distributing spam messages. This technique is also known as email spoofing.