One of our favorite Authors is
Jim Edwards. He is a syndicated newspaper
publishes many articles like this, discussing internet safety
practices for his regular newspaper columns.
His advice on avoiding spam robots can help you avoid becoming a
part of a major 'bot farm of zombie computers.
How To Avoid Spam Robots
- by Jim Edwards
Despite the fact that Federal legislation (the CANSPAM act)
made it illegal, harvesting email addresses from the web using
automated robots remains alive and well.
Spammers who need fresh email addresses release software
spider programs that comb the Internet and suck email
addresses off Web pages, guest books, and anywhere else you
might post your email address.
Once they get your email address, spammers will trade it
around like 5th graders with a new pack of Pokemon cards at
recess and you can expect the avalanche of email to begin
flooding your inbox.
In order to combat this still rampant practice of stealing
email addresses from websites and sending people email they
don't want, the following tips should help protect you.
** Break It Up **
Obviously the best way to avoid getting picked up by an email
harvester is not to post your email anywhere on anyone's
website (including your own).
If the only way someone can get your email is if you give it
to them, that creates a similar situation to operating with an
unlisted phone number.
If telemarketers can't get your phone number, they can't call.
If you must post your email address, post it in a way that a
robot won't recognize it as an email address. Instead of
YOURNAME@YOURDOMAIN.COM, you can put
YOURDOMAIN.COM and then, in parenthesis,
(replace AT with @ to email me).
Though it seems like an extra step for legitimate email,
you'll find it a very effective technique.
** Use An Image **
Currently, online spiders (ANY spider, including search
engines) cannot read text that appears in a graphic or
picture. If you must display an email address on a page, then
do it by typing your email address into your favorite graphics
program and saving the image as a .gif or .jpg. Then post the
image onto your web page so people can see the email, but
This too creates an extra step
for people because they must type in your email address, but
it's an effective solution if you must display an email
address on your own website.
** Use An Email Form **
Another way to cut down on spam originating from your own
website is simply not to display an email address at all.
Instead, allow customers and prospects to contact you through
a form where they fill in fields, click a button, and your
website emails you their message.
A note of caution: make sure the form script you use does not
keep your email address visible in the form code.
If the form code contains the email address, spam robots can
find it even though you don't see it on the page.
** Make It Hard To Guess **
Sometimes you'll get unsolicited email because a spammer
guessed your email address.
It's not a far stretch to imagine that someone probably has
the email Jim@yourdomain.com, so spammers will do a
"dictionary" attack on common usernames.
One way to defeat this is to place a "dot" (.) in your email
address, such as Jim.Edwards@yourdomain.com. The dot makes it
virtually impossible for spammers to guess your email address.
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