How to fight spammers harvesting your email

One of the bane of every computer user is finding out that your email has somehow been captured by spammers and now your mailbox is a spam magnet. If you run a website or a blog, the first thing you want to do is to prevent spammers from harvesting any email address placed on your website. You can do this by obsfucating any email address on your site.

If you are running WordPress, you can use this anti-spam plugin by Urban Giraffe. What the plugin does is to replace any email addresses in your posts and pages with an obsfucated version but retaining the mailto: functionality.

If you have a Website, use the following Javascript code below to implement mailto: functionality

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
user = ‘emailname‘;
domain = ‘mydomain.com‘;
document.write(‘<a href=\"mailto:’ + user + ‘@’ + domain + ‘\">’);
document.write(‘linkname‘ + ‘</a>’);
</SCRIPT>

The above javascript code will give you the following:

<a href="mailto:emailname@mydomain.com">linkname</a>

Fighting Spammers

To fight junk mail spammers at their own game, you can try this method of feeding their spam collecting robots with junk email addresses. The links below lead spam bots into a honey trap. Whenever a spam bot visits these websites to harvest email addresses, it will collects a lot of useless, randomly generated fake email addresses. Not only that, at the bottom of the page is a link to the page again, essentially reloading it for programs to collect more fake email addresses. Email collecting programs (spam bots) will be sent into an infinite loop by following the link at the bottom of the page and will get more and more fake email addresses stuck in their databases.

Put these links into your website or blog:

Anti-Spam links

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