Are there any downsides to using SPF?

Using SPF can sometimes be disadvantageous too. Below are a few drawbacks of using SPF.

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  • Email Forwarding: When an email sent from an authorized IP address is forwarded, the IP address of the person forwarding the email won’t be recorded.
  • End-User Discretion: Attackers might build a domain similar to yours. Since the end-users do not check the Return-Path/mailform domain, they might fall victim to phishing attacks from such fake domains.
  • Third-Party Vendors: Domain owners depend on third parties that use their domain names. Therefore, there is a constant need to continuously update the SPF record list, which can be inconvenient.
  • Limited DNS Lookup: A single SPF record allows checking only 10 DNS lookups.