[SpamCop-List] Re: mailto: suggestions
nobody at spamcop.net
Tue Feb 3 21:38:16 EST 2004
Jim Seymour (jseymour at spamcop.net) wrote in news:bvp396$m1j$1
> 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.
I doubt there's much of an incentive - they're collecting enough email
addresses as it is. What they do collect is still more important than
what they don't, and there's plenty to harvest out there. Most spambots
are actually quite stupid - some can't even properly follow links and
generate malformed requests for the web server; with that kind of
programming decoding obfuscated addresses is a long way off.
> 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.
It will also keep some people away; personally I *hate* "email" forms,
and will avoid them whenever possible. The most annoying bit is that
using such a form, I don't get to keep a copty in my email client as I
would when using real email.
So no, I don't think it's a small price - it makes it harder for people
to contact you, and some never will. I don't want to make it hard for
people - I only make it hard for bots.
Marjolein Katsma - Amsterdam, NL - http://hshelp.com/
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The enemy of my enemy can be my enemy, too.
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