Many web users don’t understand the inevitable consequences of exposing their e-mail address on the web. Experienced web developers and website owners, however do. Thousands of spam bots tirelessly crawl the web to collect e-mail addresses exposed on websites, in blog comments and elsewhere. These addresses end up in databases sold to unsavory marketers, who bombard the owners’s inboxes with unsolicited mail.

Of course, spam is an increasingly complicated problem that can never be solved by the efforts of web developers alone. But don’t underestimate your own powers.

Read the whole article by Roel Van Gils.

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One Response to Spam And Email Obfuscation

  • Absolutely right. Certain level of awareness has got to get across to the general public in order to prevent the spam significantly.

    For people incapable of various techniques of email obfuscation there are many tools out there. Mac OS X users can use a Dashboard widget called obfuscatr. It provides JS or just plain encoding of your email. See the details at flash tekkie.

    obfuscatr was also featured in MacWorld Italy of March 2008.


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