Support » Plugin: Email Address Encoder » emails uncrypted in metas (YOAST settings…)

  • Resolved Motionous

    (@motionous)


    Hello,
    ‘Just installed the plugin which seems awesome! Thanx!

    Yoast SEO actually puts uncrypted email addresses in the source code when such email addresses are provided in the page excerpts.

    Due to my YOAST settings, they appear in these lines:

    <meta name=”description” content= …

    <meta property=”og:description” content= …

    <meta name=”twitter:description” content= …

    What’s your opinion about this behaviour?
    Is it risky? Can Spam bots retrieve email addresses in the metas?

    I just asked the same question on the free YOAST support forum here:
    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/can-meta-descriptions-and-og-descriptions-be-seen-by-spam-bots/

    I’m very curious about your answer. Thanks by advance 🙂

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  • Plugin Author Till Krüss

    (@tillkruess)

    Mhh, that’s hard to know. I’m working on a PRO version of this plugin that encodes email addresses in meta tags.

    Thanks a lot for your answer,

    Do you mean the PRO version of Yoast encodes email addresses in meta tags by itself or that it let EAEncoder do such job?
    I just had a look at Yoast Pro features and didn’t find such info, nor in Yoast docs and forums…

    Cheers

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    I’m going to leave this topic open for now but pro or future pro topics get closed with this.

    For pro or commercial product support please contact the author directly on their site. This includes any pre-sales topics as well.

    As the author is aware, commercial products are not supported in these forums. I am sure they will have no problem supporting you there.

    If the author wants to discuss any possible pro versions then Till please post a link to your site and I will close the topic on that note.

    Hello Till,
    Here is the answer from the free YOAST support, which clarified my concerns:

    Yoast is not capable of encrypting email addresses that you use in the meta description. If you are concerned that a spam bot may harvest an email address you used in your meta description we would recommend not including the email there.

    Wherease many spam bots are looking for mailto: tags to find email addresses, we unfortunately cannot anticipate what amount of page data a bot uses to find new email addresses.

    In conclusion:
    – Yoast do not encrypt email addresses in the meta descriptions
    – mailto: tags are the major spam factor and mentionning only the email adresses (“***@***.**”) is not as risky, but not 100% sure either.
    Do you agree?

    Thanks a lot for your support/time and for this great plugin.
    ‘Just tried the [encode][/encode] shortcode feature in order to encode “tel:” links and it works well too. You may want to communicate more on this feature too, don’t you?

    Have a nice day 🙂

    Let’s say it is resolved 🙂

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