How to Avoid Spambots
How to Avoid Being Harvested by Spambots
All of these steps to mung your email address and prevent it from falling into the hands of spammers can, unfortunately, be successfully interpreted by some of the most advanced harvesters in use today. While studies in the last year still show that the advanced munging techniques described on the previous page will stop at least 85% of the current crop of harvesters, as spambots inevitably improve these techniques will become less effective.
Here is what an email address created with this technique looks like when included on your website:
The second technique involves hiding your email address in an image. You can use any popular graphics program to encode your email address as a GIF, PNG, JPEG, or other standard web format. Because the current crop of spambots is not able to interpret the contents of images email addresses displayed on a website in this way are likely to remain protected.
On the following pages we'll discuss some ways to stop harvesters from visiting your pages altogether, making steps like obfuscation and munging less necessary.