DomainKeys (informally DK) is a deprecated e-mail authentication system designed to verify the DNS domain of an e-mail sender and the message integrity. The DomainKeys specification has adopted aspects of Identified Internet Mail to create an enhanced protocol called DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM). This merged specification became the basis for an IETF Working Group which guided the specification toward becoming an IETF standard.
Both DomainKeys and DKIM were published in May 2007. DomainKeys was issued as a "historical" protocol and DKIM was issued as its standards-track replacement.
- Sender ID
- DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)
- Author Domain Signing Practices
- Sender Policy Framework (SPF)
- DKIM.org (DKIM resources website: implementations, FAQ, news).
- IETF DKIM working group (started 2006).
- Yahoo!'s description of DomainKeys (historical; archived from the original on 2007-10-18).
- Yahoo!'s statement about IPR claimed in DKIM draft
- DomainKey Library and Implementor's Tools (Yahoo!'s historical free software reference implementation of DomainKeys).
- U.S. Patent 6,986,049
- SpamCop FAQ: Why are auto responders bad? (FAQ entry about bogus bounces, also discusses DomainKeys).