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Tony Moriarty
08-03-2004, 11:11 AM
Two Simple Steps to Spam-Proof Your Website
by Steve Peterson, Sr. Webmeister
Pinnacle Trade Show Displays

Protect your email address from SPAM
I always recommend that you put your contact details clearly on your website.
This is a matter of courtesy to your visitors. It also helps establish you as a credible supplier by making it clear who they are dealing with.
After all, what do you think when you find a website that seems interesting but has no information on the company behind it?
However, there is a downside. Your contact details are also visible to Spammers. In particular your email address can be 'harvested' by programs specifically designed to collect such information in order to sell them to mass merchandisers for spam email campaigns. All these programs have to do is search for an @ in a suitable format.
Now I have found a solution for which I am indebted to a guy called Steve Peterson Sr.
For full details, go to...


In essence, he suggests replacing the @ symbol with Unicode so that the appearance to human visitors is not changed but programs looking for @ will not find it.
I have made the change on my site already. It does not end all spam; but hopefully, as from now, I won't find myself on so many new lists.
Try it yourself. For minimum effort, you could save yourself a lot of hassle.

An extract from the...Web 4 Marketing...Newsletter...August 2004
Produced by Stephen Orr..."Your internet marketing consultant"

08-04-2004, 02:01 AM
Hi Tony,

Great tip.
My two cents to this issue:

You are right about the fact that email-addresses are harvested from our sites.
However, so are our copyright protected images and other information. Product comparisations, pricing lists etc.

To cover all issues at once rahter then having a lot of individual solutions, I would suggest to use HTMLGuardian.
Free to use software that protects your HTML code and prevents from steeling your code, images or harvesting your emailaddresses.



Tony Moriarty
08-04-2004, 02:37 AM
That sound very comprehensive Marcel
I must look @ it...Thanks very much

08-04-2004, 04:00 AM

Thanks for the tip. That looks like a very nice product and should be very useful, particularly for protecting data on a page.


Tony Moriarty
08-04-2004, 07:52 AM
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08-06-2004, 08:07 AM
Interesting. Now I understand why an etymology list I receive replaces "@" with "_AT_" in all the email addresses it displays.