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November 27, 2008

Protecting your email address on your website

You may not realize this, but when you put your email address on your website, you are essentially inviting an exponential increase in the amount of spam you receive. Software is used by the spam industry to crawl your site much like the bots used by search engines; however, the spam industry is only looking for email addresses. Once your email address has been harvested, you will be added to marketing lists that are sold to any Joe Spammer who pays $50 for 5 million email addresses. It is virtually impossible to get off one of these lists.

So, what can you do to help prevent this? Well, the first thing you can do is make it harder for the evil bots to get your email address. Introducing the Retrix Email-Scrambler-o-Matic! With a little ingenuity, we can scramble your email address so that to an evil bot, it just looks like a bunch of gobbledygook. But to a web browser, it looks and works exactly like a real email address link. Here's an example of what we mean:

Our support email address is For you reading this, it looks like we've just exposed our address to the evil bots about which we've been warning you. But if you view the source of the HTML on this page, you will see that our email address is actually written like this:


Fancy, isn't it? We've made our scrambler open for anyone to use. Just enter your address on the page, and then copy the resulting HTML code into your site. Happy scrambling!


Anonymous said...

I prefer my email sunny side up.

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Rick Dolishny said...

Thank you!