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How to Configure DMARC Records in Google Workspace (2023)

DMARC records are an especially useful tool to safeguard your email reputation and ensure that your legitimate emails get delivered to your recipients' inboxes. In this article, we'll dive into what DMARC is, how it works, and why you should set it up for your domain.
Updated March 8, 2023

Have you ever received an email that looks suspicious or claims to be from a well-known company, but something just doesn't seem quite right? Well, you're not alone. Over the last few years cyber criminals have been getting more and more crafty with their email scams, making it difficult for even the savviest of users to detect things like phishing.

DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance) is an email authentication protocol that helps protect your organization and your customers from email-based attacks, such as spoofing and phishing. In other words, it's an essential tool to safeguard your email reputation and ensure that your legitimate emails get delivered to your recipients' inboxes.

It basically works as a set of rules that DNS (like a phone book for the internet) tells email providers to basically let your email through.

If you're working with Google Workspace, it could be very useful to set up DMARC records for your emails. Over the next few minutes, we'll show you how.

Step 1: Select Your Domain

To add a DMARC record for any domain, you need to first log in to Google Domains and select the domain you want to work with from the list.

Step 2: DNS Settings

You should see a box labeled DNS. Click on this to edit the server information about your domain.

Step 3: Manage Records

Once you're inside DNS settings you can edit your domain records (allowing you to add custom settings to route your DMARC records properly)

Step 4: Update DMARC Settings

For Host Name: “_dmarc” **Don’t include quotation marks.

For Type: “TXT” **Don’t include quotation marks. 

For Data: “v=DMARC1; p=none; rua=mailto:dmarc-reports@DOMAINNAME" **It will automatically add quotation marks. 

Click “Save”

Final Thoughts

That's it! You've easily set up your DMARC records in Google Workspace/ GSuite. This should hopefully help improve your deliverability rates. Having any questions? Leave a comment below! Always happy to help.

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Written by Jonathan Garces
Jonathan is a digital marketing expert. After sending hundreds of thousands of emails, Jonathan cracked the code on what gets somebody to reply – authenticity & transparency. Jonathan writes about his emailing experiences and has quickly became the go-to guy for learning about how to connect with your target audience.
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