Backup DNS: Everything you need to know

So, do you want to be 100% sure that your domain is online? Backup DNS for your Primary DNS service is a handy addition that will make your DNS network broader. If you use a Backup DNS, you can add multiple nameservers that will be authoritative for your domain and answer queries.

What is a Backup DNS service?

Backup DNS service (Secondary DNS) is an additional DNS service that you can get from another DNS provider, different from your primary, with the goal to add extra redundancy. You can use extra nameservers as authoritative, and they can answer queries too.

Check out a very beneficial Secondary DNS service!

How does the SPF record work?

SPF record – definition

The Sender Policy Framework record, or simply for short SPF record, is a DNS record that indicates the email servers that are qualified for sending email messages on behalf of the domain name. 

Cyber-criminals are capable of forging emails in a lot of different ways. So, they are able to change the “Mail from” and mask the emails to look like legit ones coming from a particular domain. Yet, they actually are not from the original source.

Thanks to the SPF record, it is possible to establish strict rules. The DNS administrator applies SPF to precisely limit who is able to use the domain to send emails. The recipient, on the other hand, is able to check the authorization.

PTR record: Why is it important?

What does the PTR record mean? 

The PTR record, also known as a pointer record, has a very precise goal. It has to point the IP address to the domain name. In addition, this type of DNS record is able to work either with IPv4 addresses or with IPv6 addresses efficiently. Therefore, thanks to the pointer record, you are able to configure and perform Reverse DNS. 

This DNS record gives the ability to ensure and verify that the particular IP address is exactly belonging to the domain name. That is very important when it comes to sending an email. The receiving mail servers usually desire to verify the source of the email and perform a reverse DNS lookup. Therefore, they examine and seek exactly the PTR records. 

MX record: Why is it important?

MX record is one of the common DNS records that is essential to know. Each action that you want to perform and is related to domains also requires DNS records for guidance. So let’s explain what the purpose of it is and why it is important.

MX record explained

You can probably find the MX record to be called a mail exchanger record. Don’t get confused. It is the same thing. The DNS MX record points to which server is arranged for accepting the emails that go for an exact domain. 

For example, if you want to send an email to Daniel@example.com, your device will have to know the location of Daniel’s email host. Therefore, it will view for the MX record on the name server of the domain. This server has the data for the domain example.com. After once you have it, your device will get the information about the server, which is arranged to accept the mail. After that, it will send the email there.

So to get it clear.

People need it to send you emails. More accurately to your domain. They receive the information about where the mails are supposed to be sent and the correct server. 

How to create a DNS MX record?

What does a Primary DNS server mean?

If you could have an x-ray of the Internet or any other network, you could see how servers are the keystone for them to work. The amount of them and the tasks they comply with are vital for these systems’ existence. 

What does a Primary DNS server mean?

It’s called Primary DNS server or Master DNS server. These names indicate its importance since it’s the source of all the original data for a specific DNS zone and its corresponding domains. A Primary DNS server is responsible for storing all the DNS records for its DNS zone. Therefore, every time a record (or more) requires a change, edition, or to be deleted, that can only be made in the original source, the Primary DNS server.

What is a SOA record in DNS?

SOA record is an essential and one of the most common DNS records. It is crucial to understand it properly. So, let’s explain it!

SOA record explained.

The SOA record is the beginning of the chain of authority, which is typical for the DNS. The short SOA stands for start of authority. From all the nameservers that you have, the SOA record will show which holds the original zone file. This server will contain all of the essential data about the zone. It will be your authoritative DNS server.

DKIM record explained.

Spam has become a daily nuisance for everybody. The number of spam e-mails can overwhelm our inboxes, reducing the space and chances for important messages to be received. Besides, they are a constant and real threat to our security. Scams, phishing attacks, malware can be attached to them, risking our personal information, business, and systems.

Fortunately, developers constantly improve and innovate with tools to defeat, or at least mitigate, these threats. DKIM is an example.

What’s the DKIM record?