Hiding email addresses on the web
stephanie at friendcalib.org
Thu Dec 11 13:01:37 EST 1997
At 07:53 PM 12/10/97 -0800, you wrote:
>I know that some mass email companies (spammers) are using webcrawlers
>to find their victims' - er, I mean recipients' - addresses on web
>pages. In fact, I think I'm getting more spam from having my address
>on a web page than I am getting legitimate inquiries from the library
>web pages. And that is very annoying.
A couple of suggestions...
(1) You can put up a cgi driven feedback form so that people do not need to
use e-mail to contact you. Check out the "Express Mail to Editor" form at
http:www.ssdesign.com/librarypr/toeditor.html for an example. This script
was written in Perl as was provided by our ISP. If you use a UNIX server or
can use Perl scripts I could send you a copy with instructions if you let
me know by e-mail. You don't need to be a programmer to make it work.
(2) You can use an e-mail address with added characters in it which must be
removed by the sender.
change your e-mail from spober at manvax.cc.manhattan.edu
spober at manvax.cc.manhattanSPAMSTOP.edu
You may need to link your mailto to a page with instructions advising
people to remove the "SPAMSTOP" before sending the e-mail. The spammers
will send mail to pober at manvax.cc.manhattanSPAMSTOP.edu and it will get
lost in cyberspace.
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