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Cloudflare Introduces Email Security Tools

Internet security and performance company Cloudflare is celebrating its 11th anniversary this week and on Monday introduced several email security tools.

Cloudflare is entering the email security market with some free tools that its customers can use to create custom email addresses, manage email routing, and prevent email phishing and spoofing.

Email spoofing and phishing are addressed by a new tool that the company has started rolling out, the Email Security DNS Wizard, which enables users to create DNS records to prevent unauthorized parties from sending out emails on their behalf. The Email Security DNS Wizard also warns users if their domain has an insecure DNS configuration.

The feature is being rolled out to Free users and it will become available to Pro, Enterprise and Business customers over the next weeks.

Cloudflare also announced Email Routing, which it says provides an easy way to create and manage email addresses. The company says the feature is currently in private beta and interested users can sign up now for early access.

“Cloudflare Email Routing will give customers more control over their email and empower them to have professional addressing while relying on any email hosting provider, whether it's hosted Exchange, managed Office 365, Gmail, Google Workplace, or an old Aol.com address,” the company said. “This is particularly powerful for small businesses who may want to have a custom domain on their email addresses, but behind the scenes still be managing everything out of a consumer Gmail account.”

Cloudflare has published separate blog posts describing the email routing and spoofing protection tools.

The company also told customers that they can sign up for early access to its upcoming Advanced Email Security Suite, which will provide email scanning capabilities and will complement the anti-spam and other protection features offered by email hosting providers.

The product will leverage the company’s threat intelligence systems to identify phishing and other email-borne threats.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.