Support » Plugin: Cloak Front End Email » Not a cloaking plugin

  • This is not a cloaking plugin. This is a plugin that makes your email address clickable. Every page builder has that today. What I was hoping for was that this would be a real cloaker that can protect my emails from bots. It’s not even close.

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  • Plugin Author webbernaut

    (@webbernaut)

    Axxies,
    Below is a good article for you to read up on. It explains what Cloudflare, a very well know security company uses for their own email cloaking.

    https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170016-What-is-Email-Address-Obfuscation-

    The Cloak Front End Email plugin follows the same methodology. The email addresses are not in the source code of the website. Therefore any programing language that is doing a request to the site will scrape the source code of a website and since the email is not embedded in the source your emails will not be leaked.

    Source code will look like this:
    <span class=”cfe-jsemail”><a href=”#”>loading…</a></span>

    I actually have quite a bit experience with web scraping and this is why I developed this plugin. To help protect against email harvesting.

    As a side note, the cloaking methodology of [at] or [dot] can easily be scrape as you just have to tweak your regular expression that looks for @ and . to match these alternatives. These methods are actually less secure in terms of they still leak your email just in a different format. And a well versed programmer that is scraping sites for emails will just include those variations.

    Im not sure if WordPress allows changing a review star count but hopefully after this information you can make a better informed review on this plugin.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    @webbernaut There is nothing about this 90 day old review that needs a moderator to do anything.

    People in reviews are allowed to be wrong. You reply, you move on. The End.

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