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  • For 6 years I’ve exposing email addresses using the hiveware encrypted javascript encoding, with zero spam so far (your mileage may vary).

    The free encoder is now at a new location at http://automaticlabs.com/products/enkoderapp.

    It is also available free as an application for Mac OS X! There are other cool free resources on their site (Automatic Dimensioner, Automatic Rotater, Automatic URL Cleaner, anti-spam resources)

    Now, if I can just figure out how one makes javascript function in the content of a WP1.5 PAGE…

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  • Might just be me missing the point…but what on earth has this got to do with WordPress? Email addresses aren’t shown by default, and I would think more people are concerned about combating trackback spam.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Actually, when you post a contact link on your site, the email address is exposed. I just encode my email address is ASCII. More browsers can handle ASCII email inks than javascript email links. This has really cut down on my spam. Plus, this encoder is a web-based. No need to download an application.

    http://www.wbwip.com/wbw/emailencoder.html

    If you still want to encode your email in javascript, you can find a web-based encoder here:
    http://automaticlabs.com/products/enkoderform

    [Moderated for thread clarity]

    Thanks for the link to the ASCII email address encoder!

    Excellent. I’d wondered where the hiveware encoder had gotten to.

    macmanx: when you post a contact link on your site

    That’s the case I’m concerned about.

    > I just encode my email address is ASCII.

    That’s what I did originally, but some of the bots cracked it. The nice folks at automaticlabs.com have in their “Recent Articles” sidebar links, this one on “Win the SPAM Arms Race”:

    http://alistapart.com/articles/spam/

    Nice article. Therein they link to a test page that looks for vulnerable addresses. You might try it on your page to see if succeeds. I ran just a single test with that tool yesterday on an ASCII encoded address – it did not find it.

    http://www.dreamweaverfever.com/experiments/spam/default.asp

    > More browsers can handle ASCII email inks than javascript email links.

    Yes. I’m curious if you are seeing much traffic from browsers that aren’t javascript enabled? I’ve never had a complaint on adagiomarine.com which has required javascript for navigation since 2000. OTOH, maybe those visitors were so unhappy that they just left 🙂

    > This has really cut down on my spam.

    Spam’s a kinda personal thing. Since I’ve managed to completely kill spam my wife thinks I’m less grumpy! I use mailblocks.com to filter the email addresses that got exposed back in 2000 (when I was using an ASCII encoder). Before mailblocks.com I was averaging 300/day.

    >Plus, this encoder is a web-based. No need to download an application.

    Yes, as I said – they offer either one. Nice folks and good work!

    Re: sneakemail.com – the reason I posted that info is that I’ve been getting a number of inquiries from bloggers getting killed by spam. I used to just send them to mailblocks.com, but after AOL buyout they stopped accepting new accounts. So for completeness, I should have also mentioned these alternative challenge-response services that I found last week:

    http://spamarrest.com/
    http://www.spamrival.com/

    They have free accounts, but only webmail service. Costs $40/yr for a real POP account vs $10 for mailblocks.

    PS- it only takes one naive correspondent (like a visitor to your site) to ruin your email address. A good friend innocently forwarded an email to a mailing list that put the post on their web archives.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Halfelf Minion 🚀

    Well, as for my statement about more browsers supporting ASCII than javascript, I should have been more clear. In any browser, you can deactivate javascript, but you can not deactivate ASCII support.

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