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.

How to check you SPF record?