[SpamCop-List] Re: mailto: suggestions
jseymour at spamcop.net
Tue Feb 3 13:19:34 EST 2004
Thomas Mooney wrote:
> Can anyone suggest a good method of providing e-mail links on a web page
> without inviting spammer bots to harvest them?
tricks is, at best, a short-term cure - and at worst, will give you a
false sense of security while providing none.
If the spammers' robots don't know how to decode hidden mailto links by
now, they will soon.
My preferred solution is to use a custom CGI script with an hard-coded
destination email address. The user has to fill in the message in a web
form, rather than using his own mail client - but in my opinion that's a
small price to pay for the protection it provides.
Naturally, this solution isn't feasible unless your web host allows you
to run custom CGI scripts.
I do not work for Spamcop, I did not write pflogsumm,
and I never wrote for PC Magazine.
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