Harvesting address spam
is one of the most common type of spam. Spammers try to verify every website on a internet in a computer system. It looks for '@' symbol at the code of every webpage. So if it found the '@' symbol at the code then it'll come to know that there is an e-mail address
. It captures the e-mail address by collecting either side of the '@' symbol and adds that to spammers database. Then spammers will send lots of spam mails.
Spammers can harvest e-mail addresses by using some of the following ways:
- With your email address
- From mailing lists
- From web pages
- From various paper forms
- From a browser
- From chat rooms
- By guessing
- From yellow pages
- By having access to the same computer system
- By hacking into sites
There are some ways to prevent spammers from getting your mail address.
- Cover your E-mail address using HTML. A robot looks for this format:
Substitute some characters and symbols with their HTML ASCII numeric equivalent and your revised E-mail address looks like this: E-mail Link
- The appearance and ensuing link are the same.
- To make this process simple, use the E-mail Address Encoder to convert your email address into the equivalent decimal entity automatically.
- Encryptec by Invisitec which encrypt your HTML source code programs can be used. Or can try a program like Advanced HTML Optimizer which compress your source code making it more difficult to read or to translate.