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One of the continual issues on the internet is the problem of publishing your email address. As soon as you post your email address to the web, chances are it will inevitably fall into the hands of spammers. The mere fact of having an email address will mean that one day you will probably get spammed.

For those of us who have a website, spammers employ tactics such as robots, that scan web pages and follow links. Unlike search engine robots, these bots harvest email addresses from web sites; specifically those containing strings of characters containing the '@' symbol, somewhere in the middle and ending with the address of a top-level domain.

So what can we do to reduce the chances of getting spammed?

One of the problems with unsolicited emails, are some of the nasty payloads they can deliver. Your first line of defence of course is to make sure you use up-to-date anti-virus software. Other useful tools include firewalls, anti-spyware and spam filters.

What can we do if we need people to contact us or want to tell visitors what our email addresses is?

Options include using online forms, publishing your email address as an image, putting blank character spacing in the email address, or adding additional characters that require the visitor to remove the extra information from the email address before you can use the email address.

There are also website that can encode your mailto link (email address) before publishing to your websites. So what can you do? Taking into account all the mentioned options, we legitimate website and businesses can only try and stay one step ahead of spammer.

Following are some resources that you may find of interest.

Web Development and Other Email Resources
Acme Web Hosting Info Web Email Cloacker
Offers a simple utility for webmasters to beat the spam-spiders by cloaking email contact information in obfuscated or complex JavaScript code.
Automatic The Enkoder Form
Offers a freeware method of encoding your email address with their online form.
SafeMailto is a anti-spam email address encoder. They also have some tips on some simple and practical means to help avoid spam.
West Bay Web Internet Publishing
Offer an online form to encode your email address through the use of Character Entities, transforming your ascii email address into its equivalent decimal entity.
ECM--Email Countermeasures
Encode your email by placing it inside a small JavaScript routine, to protect your email address from being harvested by spammers.
A non-profit website designed to allow webmasters, blog posters, Craigslist posters, USENET posters, etc... to obfuscate their email addresses by generating a human-readable PNG image on the fly. The image is generated on the fly whenever needed, and includes a non-email address link that users can click on that will forward a visitor to their real email address.
MailWasher Pro - Fire Trust
The ultimate spam blocker software. Stop spam and unwanted email with the award winning MailWasher Pro. It's easy to use and very effective. Save time by only getting the email you want. Over 8 million people use MailWasher Pro as their spam blocker. 
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