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Web-Email-Cloaker - post your email address in relative safety

review from ClifNotes, Dec 2006, permalink _ Misc. HTML Tools


Recently, I had to change the way people email me. PhotoBucket used to provide me a nice form for people to contact me with and one day it disappeared. Most folks know it's not a good idea to post your email address on a web page. You have to be aware that your email address could be "harvested" by spam bots. Spam bots are computer programs that surf the net looking for email addresses on web pages so that the spammers always have a fresh supply of people to send their stupid Viagra emails to.


However, there are some ways you can post an email address that won't end up attracting all of the spam bots. It helps if you are able to hide the address in a way that the readers can use it, but the spam bots can't read it. The Web-Email-Cloaker helps you do this easily.


I used this program to post an email link in the newsletter's index box so it's easy to email me now. It took all of 30 seconds to run it and paste the code into my website.


Quote from the website

Web Email Cloaker is a simple utility for webmasters to beat the spam-spiders by cloaking email contact information in obfuscated or complex JavaScript code. Web Email Cloaker uses multiple methods of cloaking together to create email contact code that displays correctly but is utterly unreadable by email-hunting spam robots.


To use, download and run - the program is entirely self-contained and requires no installation (it can also be run directly from fixed media such as Flash card or CD).