How to Prevent Email Spam
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You should have heard much about spam. What exactly spam is? I define spam as
something unrequested. For email spam, it is usually advertisement sent by bots
to your email address - that is not requested by you. These bots collect emails
by various method, and one of the common one is from websites.
Beware when giving out your email address using online forms, they might be
one of those agents that collect email address and sell it to third parties.
Sometimes, you might also show your email address on social websites profile,
like Friendster and MySpace. Showing your email address on websites has a very
high risk of being spam.
Do that mean that you can't share your email address with others? No. You can
share it, but in a way that only human will understand, and not bots. I will
show you how, but I can't assure you that it will work. I don't know how tricky
bots nowadays are, so the methods I show might be overcome by those bots.
Play around with symbols
Bot recognize email address by 2 ways, using the "@" symbol and
those widely use email domains, like hotmail and gmail. Instead of writing your
email address in a proper way like firstname.lastname@example.org, you can convert it to example|a|gmail
[dot] com. You can then explain it to others so they understand what
you mean, like "Please convert |a| to @ and [dot] to ".". You can
convert your email address to anything you feel that is readable by humans, but
Use image to represent email address
Instead of using text, you can also use images to represent your email
address. If you usually spend your online time on community forums or blogs, you
might notice them too.
Creating email address image
It is very easy to create such images. You can either do it manually using
Photoshop or use a generator for easier task. Here's some generators:
Disclaimer: This article is written based on my experience.
Some of the facts might not be correct or has been updated. If you found
anything wrong, feel free to contact me and let me know.