Ok, I think I finally fixed it.
Since 2017, I’ve been having outgoing email spam problems. At one point, I’m sorry to say, malicious actors were sending 50,000 emails per day from @lee.org. I’ve been wrestling with the tools that stop stuff like that from happening. How did I finally fix it? Until last month, my email was hosted at Dreamhost.com and it forwarded to my free Gmail account. Now, it goes straight to a ($6/month) Google Workspace account.
I’ve only moved email over, not all the other google services but so far the move is successful.
- I can send email and expect people to get it!
- My spam folder is now seeing 10 spams/day instead of 100. I guess the paid account is smarter. Not having to wade through that crap monthly for the inevitable non-spam is well worth $6/month!
- I’m now 1/2 in Gmail and 1/2 in Google Workspace and fixing that will take some more effort
- Right now I’m keeping my contacts in Gmail (for my phone and Google Voice) and a not-often-updated copy in Google Workspace (for my email) :-(
- Switching Calendar will be a bother since I’ve got like 20 shared calendars and fiddly defaults to set up.
- Switching to Google Workspace Google Voice will be $10/month which I’m hesitant to do since it’s free right now
- Migrating my 30k emails took 3 days and a learning curve but it’s done!
- I’ll have to migrate my beloved Boomerang for Gmail manually
- Setting up DKIM for my email wasn’t hard per se but took some thinking and clicking
Some tools to test the spamminess of your domain:
- DMARC Quarantine vs. DMARC Reject: Which Should You Implement?
- Valimail.com DMARC tools
- Dmarcian.com DMARC tools