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    1-800-JMULDER JMulder's Avatar
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    Help! Mailing bots

    There's such a thing as mailing bots right? Programs searching a website for an email adress and then send an email about their company to it? There HAS to be, I have a website and I daily post information about people releasing this and announcing that, with their name it's obvious I mention their email adress.

    I am getting loads of emails from these bots and now people that have NOTHING to do with my website also receive these emails. What can I do to stop them?
    Jeroen Mulder

    w: www.jeroenmulder.com

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    We are vigilant icehousedesigns's Avatar
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    Yep there called e-mail harvesters. Programs such as EmailSiphon, emailwolf..etc.

    Here are some tips you can try:

    1. Do not list your e-mail address on your site..period, in the standard format ( blahblah@yourdomain.com )

    2. Use a contact form with a script for the form handling.

    3. If you use your e-mail address as listed in number 1, bury it several directories deep..this will decrease the likelyhood of your address being snagged.

    4. Make an image of your e-mail address...with a mailto: link.

    5. Try blocking well-known harvesters via .htaccess using Apache mod-rewrite ( if you have it )

    6. Use a custom script called via includes that will block well known bots ( I have written a few in different flavors )


    Hope this helps

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    1-800-JMULDER JMulder's Avatar
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    Thanks icehousedesigns, I will try some things and might get back to share my results, if I don't everything went well

    Thanks in advance.
    Jeroen Mulder

    w: www.jeroenmulder.com

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    We are vigilant icehousedesigns's Avatar
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    Anytime

    Good luck.


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