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One of the continual issues on the internet is the problem of publishing your
email address. As soon as you post your email address to the web, chances are it
will inevitably fall into the hands of spammers. The mere fact of having an
email address will mean that one day you will probably get spammed.
For those of us who have a website, spammers employ tactics such as robots,
that scan web pages and follow links. Unlike search engine robots, these bots
harvest email addresses from web sites; specifically those containing strings of
characters containing the '@' symbol, somewhere in the middle and ending with
the address of a top-level domain.
So what can we do to reduce the chances of getting spammed?One of the problems with unsolicited emails, are some of the nasty payloads
they can deliver. Your first line of defence of course is to make sure you use
up-to-date anti-virus software. Other useful tools include firewalls, anti-spyware
and spam filters.
What can we do if we need people to contact us or want to tell visitors what
our email addresses is?
Options include using online forms, publishing your email address as an
image, putting blank character spacing in the email address, or adding
additional characters that require the visitor to remove the extra information
from the email address before you can use the email address.
There are also website that can encode your mailto link (email address)
before publishing to your websites. So what can you do? Taking into account all
the mentioned options, we legitimate website and businesses can only try and
stay one step ahead of spammer.
Following are some resources that you may find of interest.