Saturday, March 24, 2007

Hide Me from the Bots!

Ever wonder how your email address got into the hands of spammers? Was it sold by a web site you entrusted it to? Possibly. But there's another way it could have happened. Spammers use email harvesting software called harvesters or harvesting bots to scan web pages, forum postings mailing list archives and the like. When they find them, they harvest them. If you've got a web site or blog with your email address on the page, it will be assimilated. Resistance, as they say, is futile. Or is it? Here's a way to hide your email address from the bots but show it for your friends. It's an email icon generator. It not only creates an icon that the bots can't read (yet), the resulting icon also looks pretty cool. Here's a sample:

This generator will let you make an icon for GMail, Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL and many more.