Preventing the Harvest.
January 22, 2003 9:18 AM
For what it's worth, here are some ways to attempt to stop bots from harvesting your email address from your website...
- SpamStopper is a web designer's utility that will help keep email address harvesting spambots from grabbing email addresses from your website(s). No, I'm not joking - this actually works!
- Convert your email address to a graphic, automagically (but exclude the blind from reading those email addresses in the process, so try the other idea first).
- Botbomb tries to come up with ways to help you out too, but they are controversial (eg, seeding bad addresses).
Also for what it's worth, I encode email addresses on this website using hex codes. It's not that hard to change your bot to work around that though, so it's a token gesture. I'll likely remove the email requirement when posting comments in the next rev of this site (coming soon). URLs are better anyway.