If I wanted a Business Grant, Online Doctorate or a Small Business Loan I would go out and get one. I wouldn’t choose to follow up these from a spam email, but the spammers seem to think otherwise.
Some time ago I made the mistake of displaying my email address in plain HTML. Boom, it was picked up and probably sold and now I get over 50 spam emails a day. Luckily I have managed to tweak my spam filters so they all, every single one of them, gets sent to my spam folder.
Don’t be like me – I wish I found this handy little tool earlier.
Enter Bry’s “spam free” email hyperlink generator.
Bryan Hobson, a fantastic gent from Lancaster Uni (looking at his email) has put together a utility that coverts your email characters into ASCII code.
It says ‘Using valid HTML, you can encode your email address in such a way that web browsers can understand it, but spam harvesting bots can’t. Every character that can be placed on a web page can also be encoded. For example, a letter
a can also be written in html as
a. By composing email links entirely of these character codes, email links will work perfectly, yet they are invisible to email harvesting bots.‘
I’ve used this on the last few sites I have designed and can confirm it works perfectly with my clients reporting no spam.
So, go on, save yourself. It’s too late for me….