These best practices and white papers represent the cooperative efforts of M3AAWG members to provide the industry with recommendations and background information to improve messaging security and protect users. M3AAWG best practices are updated as needed and new documents are added as they become available.
Most users struggle to manage a large number of usernames and passwords. While password managers have both proponents and detractors, these recommendations reflect the general consensus of the industry.
Distributed Denial of Service attacks continue to be a major concern. This guide helps businesses prepare for DDoS attacks and, as a side benefit, some of these same techniques can also help businesses that suddenly see a large increase in legitimate customer web traffic.
Passwords are used virtually everywhere. This document provides password requirement recommendations for ISPs and other providers and briefly describes the risk model of using passwords to provide authorized or secure access to resources. It aims to improve end-user security by encouraging strong passwords.
While passwords are the default solution for securing users' accounts today, they have many shortcomings and most can be easily cracked. M3AAWG believes the time has come for providers to require multifactor authentication, instead of simple passwords, to enhance protection of services with a history or substantial risk of account compromise.
Updated in August 2016 as Version 1.2.0, this document is for spamtrap operators who generally use data generated from spamtraps for purposes such as research, evidence collection, infected machine mitigation or mail list leakage and list quality control.