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Obfuscate Email

Obfuscate email addresses to deter email harvesting spammers, while retaining the appearance and functionality of hyperlinks.

9 reviews
Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
Great plugin which does what it's created for
By , for WP 4.5.1

Thanks a lot for creating this great and useful plugin.
SPAM takes a lot of time in the daily business so it's best if there's no SPAM. In Germany we have to present a valid E-Mail address in the imprint of a business website, so it's quite dangerous that any E-Mail harvesting bot gets what it's designed to do: harvest valid mail addresses.
So a script like this helps a lot to minimize the chance to feed those bots.

Well, it sort-of works
By , for WP 4.5

It replaces text strings, but the links are plain as day.

<a href="mailto:email@address.com"><span class="oe_textdirection">moc.sserdda<span class="oe_displaynone">null</span>@liame</span></a>

Is this the desired outcome? Are the emails really obfuscated?

work nice
By , for WP 4.3

cool stuff, use on all projects

Works great!
By ,

I never get spam through. This plugin + Akismet for Contact form 7 offer the best spam protection.

just works
By , for WP 3.8.1

simple and effective, nice done

Bad by default, configurable to downright evil
By , for WP 3.5.2

I apologize to the author as this plugin has an elegant UI, is nicely coded and looks useful. But I believe there are some misguided and naïve approaches here that will hurt Web users at large, while not delivering the privacy that site owners expect.

  • The "Obfuscate entire email address" option is useless. Email scrappers can decode HTML entities just fine. Most scripting languages can do that in one line of code.
  • The CSS text direction technique is evil. Will break email addresses for blind people using screen readers, reading in reverse. (Section 508 compliance anyone?) Also breaks copy/paste.
  • Text direction is not only evil, it's also useless, as the mailto: in the link includes the normal email address anyway.
  • The john [at] doe [dot] com approach to email obfuscation is a pain for end users, who actually want to contact you. A JS overlay (as actually suggested in this plugin's source comments) would be preferred from an usability POV. Non-JS users can still get the "at/dot" text and deal with it.
Simple solution!
By ,

Does what it says and works easily.

By , for WP 3.5.1

Add a note to the FAQ please:

If you're in Firefox, don't test with "View Selection Source" - you have to test with "View Source" for the whole page.

By , for WP 3.5.1

Works perfectly for me. Simple as that.

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