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26 January 2013 @ 07:03 am
Email on websites question  
For years, I've had an email form in lieu of an actual live link for people to contact me via my website. I've never, ever had a problem receiving spam using this format. Until recently. The last month or so, there's been a steady trickle of spam through the form, but it was always one here and another there. This morning I came home from work to over 100 of them. Fortunately, Outlook grouped them all together so I was able to delete them quickly and without issue. Ten more have come in just in the last 45 minutes, so I took the form offline completely.

My question is for those who have websites, what is the best way you've found to allow people to contact you yet being able to avoid spam. Prior to the form I had a live link that had spaces in my email address that someone would have to delete in order to email me. apckrfan AT gmail DOT com type of a deal, I can't remember if I had much problem with spam that way. I just remember the form being an easier option (and I get an IP address submitted to me with the form).

I suppose I could link someone here to LJ, but there must be a way to do it.

Any ideas from website owners?
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Elisabethdragonydreams on January 26th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
I just use a good old fashioned email link on my websites. I haven't had any SPAM because of them. ::knock on wood::
draconindraconin on January 27th, 2013 08:47 am (UTC)
I've had increasing problems with spam over the years (generally > 50/day) and have found the utility below helps. Also, re your other question, my email address is on my site as a graphic rather than text. ie Take a screen shot of it, crop to just the right size, insert as an inline image. Problem is that it's been out there for more than 12 years and is quoted a lot on other places by users of the software & hardware the site's about, so it's pretty much a lost cause unless I change the address. Which I don't want to do.

Mailwasher (Windows only) - www.firetrust.com
This utility lets you see your mail (header + first 200 lines) while it is still on the server, without actually downloading it. It automatically classifies it for you as spam or friend based on a heuristic set of rules that very seldom fail to correctly identify. Learns as you use it. Mailwasher will then delete spam on the server so that your mail program only has to download mail that you want to see. Can be free (I think?) but an annual fee if you want to tap into their database of known spammers. Cost is US$37 per year.

ETD: Just checked - it's on special now for AUD$19.97