[Mimedefang] Obscuring email addresses on the web
kelson at speed.net
Thu Aug 6 18:52:11 EDT 2009
WBrown at e1b.org wrote:
> A colleague quoted in an email "email spam from web crawlers is a problem
> for you and your IT department, obfuscating email addresses on your website
> turns your problem into a problem for your users".
> I was told he found this twaddle "on the web." Anyone know where this
> quote might have come from?
No idea where it's from, but it's a valid point. Fundamentally,
obfuscating email addresses is about making potential contacts jump
through hoops, and assuming that valid contacts will be more motivated
(or at least have better software) than spammers.
browser. But you'll still run into the occasional person who surfs with
mobile phone with minimal or no scripting support -- and they'll have to
manually type in your address, then go over it to check for typos.
Not to say you shouldn't do it, of course -- some sort of obfuscation is
practically a necessity these days -- but it *is* a trade-off that can
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