The Arms Race

Drew has released an encoded email address harvester for no other reason than to show how easily a spam-bot can parse a page and yank out the real email addresses, encoded or not. Although most spam-bots aren’t doing this yet, it’s only a matter of time.

Steve, author of an anti-spam email redirect trick, calls the war against the spam-bots an arms race, and he couldn’t be more right about it.

Whatever we throw at them, they’ll counter with something that eats it alive. It’s just a matter of time before your email address gets added to the giant spam database inside the Earth’s core.

I’m still a firm believer that encoding your email address is a great idea.

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