Sunday, February 17, 2008

Scramble your email address to prevent email from being harvested for spam

I previously created a special email address for communications with my readers and used a simple HTML mailto: tag knowing jolly well that the email address will be harvested by robotic programs for spam. However, I used free web-based mail which have very good and free spam filter and practically all spam ends up in the spam folder and very little in the Inbox. Also, the amount of spam I get is not that much. However, I have found out some important email messages have ended up in the spam folder and it is a good thing I make it a habit of checking the spam folder before deleting them.

But Amanda of Blogger Buster have made a very good email link scrambler and rather risk the amount of spam messages I have to check, I thought it wiser to use what Amanda has conveniently provided for us. It is very easy to use. Just type in your email address, type in the text of what you want to be displayed for the link (example "email me", "contact me", "click here to email me", etc., then just click the "Scramble Email" button and the script will be generated for you to copy and paste into HTML/JavaScript Page Element. If you do not know what I am talking about, please refer to Add advertisement, visitor counter, email link, etc. to your blog (click BACK button to get back to this page).

Please note that this will not work if you try to paste the script into a blog post.

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  1. Anonymous2/24/2008

    By the way, your blogger guide is very PRECIOUS to us bloggers. Please keep up the good work and provide us the best information and latest add-ons about blogging.

    I have questions. Hope you can answer it. Thanks.

    1) What is meant by "cbox" and which best website offers it? Can you insert screenshots how to use them ?

    2) What is meant by tagboard? Show me some examples.

    3 Finally, how do you add link to post comments to your blogger page, if it's not there? What are the codes?

    Thanks and I hope you enjoy blogging as well. I'll be waiting your answer in your next post.=D

  2. Can I recommend as a great little way to frustrate spammers :-)

    Simply copy the text and paste it into your Blog and let Spampoison do the rest.

  3. 1) What is meant by "cbox"

    Probably a chat box where visitors can conduct a text conversation. I remembered publishing a post but can't find it. Perhaps you can refer to Video chat for your blog

    2) What is meant by tagboard? Show me some examples

    Could this - tagboard for your blog be what you are looking for?

    3 Finally, how do you add link

    Refer to Make active (clickable) links in posts and comments.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Food as medicine

  4. Hi Finnie Family,

    Thanks for the info. However, the URL you gave is not active. See Make active (clickable) links in posts and comments.

    Note: don't try to use target="_blank" or target="new" in comments. The will be rejected.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions_
    (Blogger FAQ in progress. More will be added as I have the time)

  5. I tried it and finally got it to where outlook will open up with a new email with a scrambled email address in the To: field. But when I tried to send a test email it didn't recognize it. Am I missing something?

  6. Hi Heather,

    I have never used Outlook and do not know how Outlook works

    Peter @ enviromanBlog*Star
    Environmental blog: Enviroman Says
    (floods in England, polar ice and ice caps at moutain peaks melting, I think more severe and frequent hurricanes in US, rain when it is supposed to be a dry season in my country, someone from Queensland recently contacted me if I noticed the weather changing. I replied when I was young I had to sleep under the blanket, but now I sleep topless. If I remembered, he said it is freezing in tropical Queensland and now he has to sleep under a blanket. Please folks, take good care of our one and only Spaceship Earth which have no lifeboat. It may not affect us severely now, but it has every chance of severely affecting our future generations. Then they will have lots to be "thankful to us)


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