Prolateral Consulting Ltd
Prolateral Consulting Ltd
Knowledgebase : FakeMX
   

Problem:

Can I resell FakeMX?

Solution:

Yes!!

As channel partner/reseller the FakeMX service is available in the portal for reselling. For more information on the partner program please see http://www.prolateral.com/partner

Problem:

How do I use FakeMX?
How do I setup FakeMX?

Solution:

To use the FakeMX service you need to make a simple change to your DNS and point the lowest priority mail server (thats the highest MX number) to the FakeMX servers.

Example

Lets assume your domain is called example.com and when you look up your MX records you get back something like the below

example.com   IN   MX   10   mx1.example.com.
example.com   IN   MX   20   mx2.example.com.

When you sign up for the FakeMX service you will be allocated to a mail server. In this example the FakeMX server is called mx44999.smtp-engine.com.

All we need to do is add that server to the lowest priority (highest MX) is the list. So our MX list will now look like this

example.com   IN   MX   10   mx1.example.com.
example.com   IN   MX   20   mx2.example.com.
example.com   IN   MX   30   mx44999.smtp-engine.com.

And thats it!! You're all done.

 

Problem:

What is FakeMX?

Solution:

FakeMX (also known as SMTP Fake MX) is an email service that sits at the lowest priority of servers for a domain and fights against the spammers.

Many SPAM mails are sent to the lowest priority mail server in the hope that you have less anti-spam systems in place to deal with the mails, others may randomly pick an MX server to send to.

Legitimate email is normally sent to the highest priority mail server that is online, if mail to this server fails then a lower priority servers is tried.

Any email that tries the Fake MX server receives a SMTP 451 Temporary error and told to try again. At this point the majority of spam gives up and moves onto the next victim, whereas legitimate email will retry using a different mail server in the DNS MX list.