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How to check email header

This is essential for all. When someone is asking you to check email header? Or the sender? The most common mistake is looking the email itself and provides you with the screenshot of the sender, the recipient, the subject, date and time.

This not the email header and they should look like this;

Return-Path: <[email protected]>
Received: from mx67.antispamcloud.com (mx67.antispamcloud.com [212.32.243.83]) by mail.vastspace.net with SMTP
	(version=TLS\Tls12
	cipher=Aes256 bits=256);
   Thu, 24 Jan 2019 22:20:45 +0800
Received: from mta-d-130-99.infusionmail.com ([35.227.130.99])
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	(envelope-from <[email protected]>)
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	for [email protected]; Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:20:37 +0100
Received: from web-camp-022 ([10.128.0.187])
	by cmsmtp with ESMTP
	id mfrtgMALnAUyumfrtg68ym; Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:20:33 -0500
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=infusionmail.com;
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	 List-Unsubscribe:List-Unsubscribe-Post;
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Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:20:29 -0500 (EST)
From: LinksManagement <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
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Errors-To: [email protected]
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Content-Type: multipart/alternative; 
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X-MailSentId: 5923486
X-campaignid: infusion_lmmn5923486
Feedback-ID: lmmn:lmmn_354244:primer:infusionsoft
X-BatchId: 354244
X-InfApp: lmmn
X-InfContact: 679550
X-InfSent: 64878116
X-inf-package: primer
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X-inf-iflags: UE,WF
X-inf-QETT: 0
X-inf-BlockName: mn93
X-inf-SRS: -7.0
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X-inf-dkimDomain: linksmanagement.com
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Received-SPF: pass (mx67.antispamcloud.com: domain of infusionmail.com designates 35.227.130.99 as permitted sender) client-ip=35.227.130.99; [email protected]; helo=mta-d-130-99.infusionmail.com;
X-SPF-Result: mx67.antispamcloud.com: domain of infusionmail.com designates 35.227.130.99 as permitted sender
Authentication-Results: mx67.antispamcloud.com; dmarc=pass header.from=linksmanagement.com
Authentication-Results: antispamcloud.com; spf=pass [email protected]; dkim=pass header.i=infusionmail.com; dkim=pass header.i=linksmanagement.com
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The header provides you with details of the email received. This is useful when if possible to find out  the real sender, for example, you have received a spoofed email or blacklist an email server from sending you spam emails.

Today, we are going to show you do it with Outlook, Thunderbird and SmarterMail webmail. It is easy for Thunderbird and SmarterMail webmail users. There are more steps and complicated for some to get this option.

We show you on how for Thunderbird email application; Just go to the email, under more to view the source.

SmarterMail has the view header option in Webmail too. Go to that email, more option is the icon with 3 dots, then view header.

smartermail

It is a bit more steps for Outlook. But you only do it once to get this option permanently. Follows these steps. You need to go option from your file tab, add the message option to one of the new tabs. Once it is added, the message option will be permanently available for all emails.

IDS in email server?

ids in smartermailI have dealt with web hosting for many years now. SmarterMail is the only email server software comes with IDS. In case you didn’t know what is IDS? IDS is normally found in firewall known as intrusion detecting system. IDS has a set of rules if any connection has violated the rules, mitigation will kick in. The serve to minimize the risk of a server’s attack or hack.

SmarterMail as this to stop abnormal activities, like attempting to log in with failed passwords known as brute-force or similar. This has greatly reduced a compromised email account or server’s abuse. Base on my experience, SmarterMail email server has very low a compromised email account uses to send spam emails. Thanks to the IDS in SmarterMail.

Is SmarterMail a good email server software?

smartermailMany asked me this question, Is SmarterMail good? How good is good? I have used many email server software for the last 25 years. SmarterMail gives me the reason to acquire partnership. NOT that I said good because I’m selling them but the other way round.

I can still remember it was version 2 when I know the existence of SmaterMail through Plesk. It works on Windows Server and it has given me the perception it was a heavy software and it does simple email function and full stop.

Since then I didn’t pay much attention until version 13 or 14. I have SmarterMail has very intuitive GUI especially the Webmail. Coincidentally, I was turned down by the free webmail offer in many control panels. I was looking for something better but unfortunately. it runs only on a Windows server.

So, this is when I have asked my client to split their website and emails, rather you are putting them int the same server. Yes, you can do that and in a way, you are reducing your risk by having these functions on 2 separated servers. Of course, now can easily use SmarterMail as your email server while you can run your website and Linux Apache web server.

I have noticed those on SmarterMail has high retention rate than others. That’s mean to say, customers are satisfied. And I have noticed many have used webmail and the population on mail client applications like outlook has dropped. I personally use them, the webmail has many good features and it is easy to use.

For those managing a SmarterMail email server will agree with me. If you have administrated other email servers, you will find SmarterMaill is a breeze, it is so much easy to understand and operate. Even you do have a technical background, probably some guidance may do the job.

SmarterMail is built with IDS. We have yet to find any email server software come with an IDS. Brute-force is one common problem for all and SmarterMail has this protection and automatically block unwanted access. Not forgetting the anti-spam, anti-virus, exchange sync add-ons available to enhance users’ experience.

I’m very happy with SmarterMail and proud to be their partner. I have servers are serving a few thousand mailboxes, they are hardly giving me problems. It saves me a tremendous amount of time and efforts in administrating these servers. I love SmarterMail.

 

When do you lease or purchase a SmarterMail license?

smartermailWe offer both leased and buy licenses for SmarterMail licenses. But when do buy or leased a SmarterMail license? I wrote as a simple guide to help you decide to buy or lease a SmarterMail license.

  • If you are planning to use it up to 12 months or longer. You will save more in the long run if you buy a license.
  • If you don’t want to be bothered by the monthly invoice using leased license, buy a license.
  • If you are thinking there is a chance to downgrade the number of mailboxes, lease a license.
  • You don’t want to pay upfront with the result of a bigger amount, lease a license.
  • You need a shorter period of time but more than 30 days, lease a license.

Whether you are leasing or buying a SmarterMail license, they are the same. SmarterMail has 3 types of license, the free, the Pro and the Enterprise. If you have not more than 10 mailboxes, you can install a free copy of the SmarterMail onto your server.

Modsecurity in cPanel

Another great feature in WHM/ cPanel easily neglected is the modsecurity. It is useful you have not got any web protection like Sucuri Firewall Pro. Users did not enable this feature to protect their open sourced website like WordPress, Joomla etc. This module is enabled by default but there is no rule to process. So it is as good as it is disabled.

Go to modsecurity to install vendors, I use OWSAP commonly. And remember to enable to process the rules in configuration. The rules will stop common attacks and viabilities of your website. This is important feature to those do not have ant web protection.

Transfer Tools in WHM/ cPanel

This is a very useful tool in WHM/ cPanel. But many server admin or users have neglected this. Either it is not often used or the control panel has many features and too clustered. But nevertheless, today I’m showing you these tools found in WHM/ cPanel.

transfer tool in cpanelThere are 2 transfer tools might be handy if you are moving to another host. The Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File and the transfer Tool. So both do the same job but the processes are different. You must know these tools in case one has an error. Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File is kind of semi-migration tool. You go to the website via cPanel of the source server and do a Full backup, The backup will be in certain formatted name recognised by cPanel as a restoration when it has completed. The backup file will be located in your home directory. You can either use rsync if you have the root access or use FTP to the source server. Place the backup file in the backup home directory of the destination server, and you use Restore a Full Backup/cpmove File to restore a backup file.

On a full backup, you can also use FTP 0r SCP remotely dump the backup file to the destination server also. But I found that rsync is more reliable. It is a personal preference, o it is about transfer a file from the source to a destination server.

transfer toolThe other is the transfer tool. The tool migrates the desired accounts or websites from the source server to the destination server. So the transfer tool might be suitable to an intermedia user. You need root or sudo users to access, to migrate the accounts. After you have initiated a transfer, you do not need to stare or watch them.  You can safely close your browser, and the session is still active. You can come back to review the entire transfer process later. Most are self-explanatory, I will not further elaborate.

These 2 migration tools have a high success rate. Even you are migrating a website from another control panel, which limited to the ‘Transfer Tool’. They have saved us plenty of time and effort.

CSF and WHM/ cPanel

This is commonly found in a WHM / cPanel VPS or dedicated server. Actually, CSF is effective and it is free. A lot of server admin will install them as soon as they have received it. But seriously speaking, how many users know how to tweak and optimise the performance. Honestly, very few and I always see people left them in auto-pilot mode and full stop. So what is CSF? Yes, it is a firewall and it is software based. It is installed onto the server.

There is nothing wrong to install a piece of free and useful software. Wait for a second, did I just say it was useful? In certain extent, it is a Yes. But I have seen many cases, CSF is added burden to the user.

I have seen many as I have said, they simply install and turned on the firewall. If you are doing this, you might accidentally block good users or in the worst situation, you are blocked. When such a thing has happened, may have treated the service is not available and it can be frustrating especially it has happened often. There is the case, like packet loss when you are pinging the server IP or domain name. This is because of CSF. Simply turn it off and everything is back to normal.

Don’t get me wrong, CSF is useful but you need to know how to use it. Without, it can be a hassle for you. So I never buy an idea like installing a software firewall on the server. Actually, if the attacks come, the firewall will eat up the resources on the server and eventually the server performance is affected. But a web firewall like Sucuri Firewall Pro does not install onto the server, it has offloaded the server and because of many distributed points, it helps to speed up a website if you are staying further from the source of the website.