|ANTI-SPAM: Protecting Your
Web Site's Email Address(es)
by Maria Marsala
Did you know that there are software programs that
view web sites and steal email addresses? It's called
"harvesting" because they're harvesting
your email address from your site. This may be one
of the reasons your web site email address is receiving
more spam than wanted email.
When I first started teaching web design classes,
I strongly suggested that students place their email
address on each page - it makes your site a bit
more "trustable." But it turns out this
is just leaving you wide open to harvesting.
So now, what I suggest are links on each page directed
to a single contact information page, where your
email address is encrypted. If the s*p^a#mmers end
up figuring out the encryption, it's still easier
for you to change one page worth of information
vs. many pages of information.
Encrypting your email address makes the gathering
process a little more difficult while it provides
that legitimate email get through to you.
If you find that one encryption program has stopped
working, see if the provider updated the code you
were using (many provide regular updates) or change
to another service.
Do you have PayPal payment or shopping cart links
on your site? Up until about a month ago, the old
PayPal coding included your email address. If you
haven't upgraded recently, update your PayPal links
to include the encrypted code they provide, too.
Changing that code stopped quite a bit of unwanted
email from reaching me.
Here are some helpful encryption program resources:
Encryption programs - A VERY good thing to use on
your web site to reduce unwanted email.
About The Author
Elevating Your Business. Since 1998, Maria Marsala,
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