To configure an email with a custom sender:
Enter a value for Sender Email. This value will be the sender's email.
Configure the rest of the Send E-Mail Smart Service as needed. When a process kicks off this activity, the recipient would see an e-mail similar to the one below:
The information that's displayed to the recipient is dependent on the e-mail client being used.
Email spoofing is the sending of emails with a forged sender address. Because Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) does not provide an authentication method, malicious actors can spoof email headers to mislead the recipient about the sender of an email.
Some email providers and clients have built-in email security that detects and notifies users of potential spam and email spoofing. One way this is done is by analyzing email headers. This can be an effective security measure, but it can also lead to legitimate emails being flagged due to improper configuration.
Appian's Custom Sender option configures the email headers in a way that makes it clear that the email owner is having a message sent on their behalf, rather than sending the message themselves. This is a best practice that prevents email spoofing and keeps the emails from being flagged as suspicious.
This leverages a custom property called
|Email Header Key||Value||Example|
||Jane Doe email@example.com|
The configuration above will result in an email that looks something like this:
If the email needs to look like it was sent directly by the email owner, you will need to get a system administrator involved. You will need to host your own mail server, which can be a fairly complex process. The mail server must be configured such that the domain of the
conf.mailhandler.ntf_sndr_addr property matches the domain of the
Sender Email. For our example above, this could be done by setting the
conf.mailhandler.ntf_sndr_addr value to firstname.lastname@example.org. This doesn't change the headers that are sent, just the way that the email client interprets them.
To learn more about configuring your own mail server in Appian Cloud, see KB-2100 Overview of custom SMTP server setup process in Appian Cloud. For self-managed installations, see the Mail Server Setup page.
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