Tips & Advice
3 Tips To Help Webmasters Stop Spam In Their Inbox, Today
So, let's begin.
=> How Webmasters Get S P A M In The First Place
There are many ways that webmasters, everyone really, can get sent spam. (See Further Reading below for a full discussion.) The easiest way, however, is to simply put your email address onto a website in the format: mailto:email@example.com
Then, so-called email-harvesting programs (spambots) visit this web page and collect each and every email address they find, and add it to a spammers database.
So, if you put an 'un-protected' e-mail address on a website, soon enough you'll receive all sorts of unwanted e-mails in your inbox.
This article discusses 3 ways to protect or encrypt your email address, and thus make it harder for spambots to add your email address to spammers databases.
Here are a few tips that WILL help reduce what I call 'webmaster s p a m':
== ASIDE ==
You may well get S P A M sent to the e-mail address
you leave at a forum, or newsgroup too. In this case -
when you are unable to encrypt your email address -
you should use a freebie e-mail address instead, as
mentioned at the end of this article.
== ASIDE ==
=> Tip 1 - Encrypt Your E-Mail Address Using ASCII-code.
Simply put, this means replacing letters and numbers in your
e-mail address with its ASCII equivalent;e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org would be
It's best if you also encrypt the mailto: statement too, as
I *have* received spam at an ASCII-encoded email address !
I use Mailto-Encrypter, a Windows-compatible program, but
you might want to visit the following online resource. The
"Advanced Email Link Generator with Anti-Spam Encoder"
generates mailto: links you can copy and paste
into your web pages and emails.
(You can also find several mailto encrypters via Google.)
user = "aaa";
site = "bbb.com";
document.write('<a href=\"mailto:' + user
+ '@' + site +
document.write(user + '@' + site + '</a>');
// End -->
produces mailto:email@example.com on your
web page; which acts as a
valid e-mail address. Most e-mail spambots can not recognise
Want to see an example? Visit the link below - the e-mail
=> Tip 3 - Hide Your Email Address In An Anti- S P A M Feedback Form
Yes, your email address can be extracted from a standard
Perl/CGI form too. (In some cases, your form can actually
*send* spam - early versions of FormMail suffer from this
security flaw, apparently!)
Enter the Master Feedback form from Willmaster.com - an
anti-S P A M feedback form.
In the words of Willmaster.com: "Master Feedback helps you
S P A M -proof your site by not requiring your email address
anywhere on your page, not even embedded in hidden form
fields or other HTML tags. Now you can stop feeding [those]
email address harvesting robots!"
You can download the feedback form, for free, at
Want to see an example of the feedback form? Visit
=> Further Reading About The 'Spam Wars'
This article provides a few solutions to the problems of
receiving s-p-a-m; but they are not the only solutions.
For further reading on the ongoing battle against S P A M,
and how that battle affects both the innocent and the guilty,
take a look at these links...
So, there you have it: at least 3 ways you can reduce spam
in your inbox, today.
As I said in the beginning, email spam is no joke, so do
make sure you try at least one of the methods I've shown you.
Either use an anti-spam feedback form, or encrypt your email
address! And if you want absolute certainty that your email
address is safe, check out the Bonus Tip I mention above!
Above all, remove your mailto: link on your website, any
way you can!
Steve M Nash
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