Support » Plugin: Anti-Spambot » How can I test if it’s working?

  • Resolved alex108petrov


    Hi there,
    I wonder how I can test if it’s actually working. When I installed the plugin, whenever I wrap an email with [email]x@x.x[/email], I can see the clear email in the browser. When I deactivate the plugin, I see [email]x@x.x[/email] instead so I can see that the plugin is doing something.
    But when I open F12 tools in Chrome to check html code with an activated plugin, I can still see the real email there which is not encoded. Is it expected? Where is then the encoded email which is perceived by spambots?
    I use Elementor as a page builder. I tried to mark the email with your shortcodes both in the builder for pages and in a default post editor for posts – same result – no encoding.

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  • Plugin Author Robert Peake


    Annoyingly, Chrome is now “helpfully” translating the special characters for you. If you use a command-line tool like curl or wget (which is more like what a spambot will use) you should see the encoded version of the email address. I checked this myself on one of my own pages just now.

    Thanks for the super quick response =) I didn’t expect that! I’ll try to use those although I have no exposure to such tools.

    I tried Internet Explorer and I still see the same thing there also so I wonder what will stop the spambot from viewing the page the same way the browser can see it? What’s the difference?

    Plugin Author Robert Peake


    Spam bots typically function in a much less sophisticated way than browsers (for example, not executing javascript). That said, this plugin was written a long time ago to expose functionality in WordPress that has been around for even longer, and in my experience hacker tools are always evolving. So, caveat emptor.

    I got it, thank you.

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