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E-mail obfuscation

I'm an amateur web-master, and some people on our 'contact us' page are concerned about spam. I have received different suggestions to obfuscate email. Before I take on another learning curve, are they truly effective? (Wouldn't it just be easier to round up a posse and shoot the spammers?)

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Re: email adress on web-page

In reply to: E-mail obfuscation

Yes, crawlers can find an email-address if you put it in the open by just having it in plain text in your html-page. That's why I put them on my site via a small script in javascript. Something like:

function ad (t,d1,d2,u) {
document.write ('<a href="mailto:' + u + '@' + d1 + '.' + d2 + '">' + t + '</a> <i>(' + u + '@' + d1 + '.' + d2 + ')</i>' );}

In my original script the @-sign is obfuscated by using the entity #064; (preceded by an &), but that doesn't show up due the forum software.

If the address is this puts on the screen t u@d1.d2, but webcrawlers won't see it.

For example
<script type="text/javascript">
ad ("webmaster","hotmail","com","wilsonpop1");

makes a clickable mailto-link for webmaster and show the address behind it for those of the readers that use webmail so have to copy and paste the address (mailto links won't work with webmail).

Hope this helps.


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but does it work?

In reply to: Re: email adress on web-page

Thanks Kees - but are good crawlers able to eventually get behind the efforts you mentioned? Seems like a good programmer would be able to get into the source and look for words like hotmail or comcast or whatever.

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No it doesn't

In reply to: but does it work?

Here's why -> "With these three attributes, enough time, and perhaps a hint or two, any code written by man can presumably be cracked."

You have to set your tolerance levels here.

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Webcrawlers are rather lazy.

In reply to: but does it work?

Generally, they don't interpret javascript. Google, for example, doesn't, the experts told me.

But you might make this even more difficult for them by making the function more complex, like throwing in a concatenate function that constructs hotmail from "ail" and "hotm", or a 'shift' function (that you'll have to write yourself) to change 'ibm' to 'hal' (1 letter back in the alfabet, as you will remember from the movie - 2001, a space odyssey- , so 'hotmail' will be in the programs source as 'ipunbjm'). A programmer will be able to find out, a simple pattern-matching crawler won't. The sky is the limit here.


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