About three years ago, it seemed like all of the big online players decided that email authentication was a good strategy for stopping spam. Of course, as happens all too often with these types of things, everyone came up with their own different standard -- meaning that you have a standards battle where not enough people adopt anything. Then, of course, many people felt that any such basic change to email effectively would break existing systems. Over the years, there's been plenty of talk about email authentication -- but it hasn't helped that the most active users of this supposedly "anti-spam" system are the spammers themselves. So, what's the state of email authentication today? Apparently it depends on whose headline you believe. Security Focus has an article today telling us that E-mail authentication gaining steam, while EmailBattles has their own article claiming: State of E-Mail Authentication: SPF Dead, Others on Life Support. Which story you believe probably reflects how much you've invested in one of these authentication techniques.
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