Some places on the internet require you to post your email addy in plain text. You know you shouldn't but what can you do about it?
For mailing lists:
- Use a throw away free email account. Drawbacks are obvious. You may discontinue the account and forget to tell a few people, or worse yet, forget your password at a message board where they email it to you, thus making it unretreivable.
- Screw with it so that robots cannot read it. Of course we have all seen people posting their email like email@example.com, (remove "nospam" to email) but why should your server suck up its resources looking for menospam at mydomain.com before deciding it doesn't exsist?
If you must use this method, you should screw with the domain part, and also avoid using the @ symbol that spambots love so much like "me(at)mydomainNOSPAMWQDCGTHFGDFH.com". The likelyhood of there actually being a mydomainNOSPAMWQDCGTHFGDFH.com is highly remote, so this is pretty safe.
- Use a secure email form. Make sure email can only be sent to the address you designate or spammers will use your form to spam others.
- Make an image of your email address. Do not put your email addy in the alt tag!
- Use the Anti-Spam Encoder below. It hides email addresses from spammer's email harvesting robots,
by replacing text with character codes, leaving your email address readable to your site visitors.
Things you should know if you purchase a domain name:
- The email address you use for admin, contact, techical ect, will be harvested and sold on a CD to any one with a couple hundred bux.
- Names like webmaster, admin, techical, and support, are all guessed at by spammers.
Definately use a real email addy when you register the domain name, because your registrar may use it to contact you, but when filling out the technical and contact fields, make it one that you don't expect to get much usable email from.
Fill in your email address in the space provided.
You can then copy and paste the encoded mailto: links into your web pages and emails.