Stop email harvesters from picking up e-mail addresses from your web pages Print

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How does encrypting your e-mail address stop spam? Most e-mail harvesters simply scan web pages for the "mailto" reference in your html code and then copy the associated e-mail address.

Below are two options to encoding your email address so email harvesters can't see it:

Option 1: (recommended option) offers customers a built-in web form which can be easily enabled on any account with just a click of a button via your hosting account Control Panel. FormMail has some advance features such as email aliases where your web form will only contain an alias like 'sales123' and the cgi code will translate it to whatever email address you assigned. So with this technique you are never disclosing in plain sight for email harvesters.

For complete details on how to setup email aliases via FormMail, please refer to FormMail documentation under 'recipient_alias'. You can always verify with our support staff if your web form has been configured correctly to prevent email harvesters.

Option 2: (not as bullet proof as option 1)

By encoding the entire e-mail address including the "mailto" portion, most e-mail harvesters (except the most sophisticated*) can't find it. If they can't find it, they can't send spam to it.

Simply type in the email address below, click the encode button, and it will return the complete HTML mailto: code encoded in hexadecimal values.

Once encoded, you simply need to copy all the encoded content and paste it into web page. The encoded e-mail address will work on any web page with any browser.

Step 1: Enter your Email Address:
Step 2:
Step 3:
Cut & Paste the below code to your web page
Requires javascript enabled in your browser for this tool to encode your email address


* To avoid advance email harvesters from decoding email addresses, option 1 above should be utilized.

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