Have you ever had to provide your email address on the net? Has it ever needed to be publicly presented, so anyone surfing the net could see it? If you are a regular Internet user, Blogger, or perhaps a different online business owner, you may have needed to provide your email address on a public website. Receiving feedback, inquiries, or emails could be part of your business transaction, so it needs to be available for people to see. Unfortunately, with the massive amounts of spam these days, by providing your email, you are in fact inviting online robots to send spam to your Inbox.
There are different ways of battling this, and many believe the trick is simply writing down certain characters, such as “[at]” instead of “@” or “(dot)com” to replace “.com“. While ideas such as these seem smart on the surface, they in fact provide spammers an easier way to get your true email.
I recently saw a great video on 5Min, which explains why methods such as above are not very effective. In fact, it goes on to show why providing your true email would actually be better. The true great solution to provide your email address but keep it inaccessible from bots is do present it as as an image. This is filtered out through spammer’s search, and thus reduces the contact between you and the horrible spam.