Avoid Spam Emails by using JavaScript

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Ever suddenly received emails asking you if you would like to "enlarge your manhood" and "tips on pleasing women"?

Before you accuse your girlfriend or wife of anything consider this: Even if you're very careful about which website you give your email address to your own website may be at risk of being crawled by a spambot (a spider looking for email addresses). If you advertise your email address on your website one of these spambots can pick it up and add it to a spam email list.

What can you do to protect it?

Use a script that disguises the address but displays it perfectly on-screen. Place the following on your web-pages wherever an email address is listed:

<SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript"> <!-- emailE=('emailaddress@' + 'yourdomain.com') document.write('<A href="mailto:' + emailE + '">' + emailE + '</a>') //--> </SCRIPT>

replace "emailaddress" with your own (typically "info") and replace "yourdomain.com" with your domain name.

Test it and you'll see the address appear properly.

TIP: Never use the "unsubscribe" option on any of these spam emails - it just confirms your email address is a valid one!


Publication Date: Friday 11th July, 2003
Author: Dan Broughton View profile

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