Email spam is no joke.
Each month the situation of unsolicited junk email seems to get worse and worse, wasting more and more of your valuable time.
If you are a webmaster (or site owner) - i.e. you have your email address on a website - then there *is* something you can do to help reduce spam in your inbox, today.
Quite simply, you need to encrypt your email address, and get rid of the bare mailto: link on your site.
This article covers:
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ==
=> 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. email@example.com 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 http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=mailto+encrypter .)
=> 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 http://willmaster.com/master/feedback/
Want to see an example of the feedback form? Visit http://www.free-legal-wills-guide.co.uk/contact-us.shtml
=> 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...
=> Bonus Tip: Use The Very Latest Anti-Spam Email Address
(Bonus tip is only available in the online version of this article! Find the online version at the link below http://www.anyonecansellonline.com/stop-spam.shtml .)
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!
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