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E-Mail Addresses & Robots

Among other things, the “bots” read the underlying code used to create web pages. So what does this have to do with E-mail addresses?

Since we are reformatting the site, we thought we might pass on some tips you can use for your own site.

The following definition is found at WikiPedia

“Internet bots, also known as web robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human editor alone. The largest use of bots is in web spidering, in which an automated script fetches, analyses and files information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Each server has a file called robots.txt containing rules for the spidering of that server that the bot is supposed to obey.”

Among other things, the “bots” read the underlying code used to create web pages (the raw file). So what does this have to do with E-mail addresses? Some “bot” owners collect addresses to be used by spammers. So, it is not a good thing to had your address <i><b>out there</b></i> for the picking…

We really need to have an e-mail address available, especially for anyone doing business on the Internet. Here’s a little trick you can do to somewhat hide your address:

Instead of using MyName@MyDomain.com, use this:

& # 7 7 ; & # 1 2 1 ; & # 7 8 ; & # 9 7 ; & # 1 0 9 ; & # 1 0 1 ; & # 6 4 ; & # 7 7 ; & # 1 2 1 ; & # 6 8 ; & # 1 1 1 ; & # 1 0 9 ; & # 9 7 ; & # 1 0 5 ; & # 1 1 0 ; & # 4 6 ; & # 9 9 ; & # 1 1 1 ; & # 1 0 9 ;

What the heck is that? It is “MyName@MyDomain.com” encoded. (I had to add spaces between each character to make keep it from being displayed as text.)  I used SpamStopper to generate this link. SpamStopper is a free application

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