How to use proofpoint essentials with a cpanel hosted email.

Proofpoint is a cybersecurity company that provides advanced threat protection and data loss prevention for email and other communication channels. If you are using cPanel, a web hosting control panel, to manage your email, you can integrate Proofpoint to provide additional security for your email communication. Here is a step-by-step guide for setting up Proofpoint with cPanel email:

  1. Sign up for a Proofpoint account: The first step to setting up Proofpoint with cPanel is to sign up for a Proofpoint account. You can call us and talk about getting an account setup with us!

  2. Configure your DNS records: In order to use Proofpoint with your cPanel email, you will need to configure your Domain Name System (DNS) records. You can do this by logging in to your cPanel account and navigating to the “Advanced DNS Zone Editor” section. Here, you will need to add several DNS records that will allow Proofpoint to process your email. You can find more information about the specific DNS records you need to add in the Proofpoint documentation.

  3. Set up email routing: Once you have configured your DNS records, you will need to set up email routing to route your email through Proofpoint. To do this, log in to your cPanel account and navigate to the “Email Routing” section. Here, you will need to select “Remote Mail Exchanger” as your routing option and enter the IP address provided by Proofpoint. (This may or may not be necessary)

  4. Set up email authentication: In order to ensure that your email is delivered securely and effectively, you will need to set up email authentication. You can do this by logging in to your cPanel account and navigating to the “Email Authentication” section. Here, you will need to add several authentication records that will allow Proofpoint to verify the authenticity of your email.

  5. Configure your email client: Once you have set up email routing and authentication, you will need to configure your email client to use Proofpoint. Depending on the email client you are using, you may need to enter specific server and port settings in order to connect to Proofpoint. You can find more information about configuring your email client in the Proofpoint documentation.

  6. Turn off SpamAssassin. You will not be able to use it anymore on your cPanel account without it blocking all emails forwarded from proofpoint.
  7. Now you need to setup rules to make sure emails sent directly to your email server are not bypassing proofpoint. In cPanel you will need to make a new email filter for each email address you are using. Be sure to change yourdomain.com to your specific domain. Use this at your own risk as this still allows for spoofed emails coming from your own email sent directly to your email server.

By following these steps, you can set up Proofpoint with cPanel email and take advantage of advanced threat protection and data loss prevention for your email communication. Using this you will be able to receive emails from proofpoint, but not take full advantage of sending from proofpoint. Let us know if you run into any issues or if you would change anything.

Contact us if you would like help setting this up and we will be glad to help.