Re: Re: Email Antispam

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Hello,

Thank you to all who have offered suggestions with this issue. I have
discussed it with the individual I'm working for and a contact form
has been authorized. So, I'm going to go with that option.

Thanks.
Dave.


On 4/19/12, Ashley Sheridan <ash@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-04-19 at 13:48 +0200, Matijn Woudt wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM, Bastien <phpster@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >
>> >
>> > Bastien Koert
>> >
>> > On 2012-04-19, at 1:54 AM, tamouse mailing lists
>> > <tamouse.lists@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >
>> >> On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM, Ross McKay <rosko@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >>> On Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:08:00 -0400, Jim Giner wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>>> He literally wants the "addresses" visible on the sight?  [...]
>> >>>
>> >>> Yes, they want the addresses visible and clickable on the website.
>> >>> They
>> >>> have contact forms, but they also want the email addresses (of their
>> >>> scientists and other consultants) available to their clients. And they
>> >>> want the addresses to be shielded against harvesting for spam.
>> >>
>> >> Ob/Deobfuscation schemes that use javascript are a partial solution.
>> >> Many spam harvesters are smart enough these days to know enough about
>> >> decoding email addresses even obfuscated with javascript, with or
>> >> without the mailto: scheme. Any that do obfuscation by substituting
>> >> html entities for the characters are quite easily cracked. (Just
>> >> appearance of a string of html entities is often enough to indicate
>> >> there is something there to decode.) There is no 100% solution here.
>> >> Coming up with clever ways to obfuscate the address on download, and
>> >> deobfuscate it afterwards to display to the user will work for a
>> >> while, however, the people writing spam harvesters are just as clever
>> >> as we are. If the application is going to end up with email addresses
>> >> displayed on the screen, some spam harvester is going to be able to
>> >> get them. Even if you come up with a method that will stop them now,
>> >> it won't stop them forever.
>> >>
>> >>> As I said, I don't like doing it this way, but the client gets what
>> >>> they
>> >>> want after the options have been explained to them.
>> >>
>> >> They need to understand the options, but even more important, the
>> >> risks of any solution, and of the concept as a whole. After you've
>> >> presented the risks, and the lack of a 100% solution, if they still
>> >> want to do something against their own policies, you have to decide if
>> >> your liability in giving it to them is going to be a problem.
>> >>
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>> >
>> > Could this be a place to consider a flash Based solution?
>>
>> Maybe, though that requires clients to have a flash enabled device.
>> Since iOS devices still don't support flash, that's not a reasonable
>> option anymore for me.
>>
>> In the end, there's no real solution for spam bots, I think that a
>> good spam filter is still the best option. My mail address is at
>> several places all over the web, though I hardly get any spam in my
>> inbox (thanks Gmail!).
>>
>> - Matijn
>>
>
>
> A Flash solution would also be highly innaccessible, which may make it
> impossible to use for certain types of company.
>
> Like Matijn, my email address is on a lot of public forums, so I've
> resigned myself to not even attempting to obfuscate my email address on
> my website. It's like playing a game of whack-a-mole, there is no real
> hope of stopping it being harvested once it's online in a readable form.
> If a human can read it, what's to stop a human from adding it to some
> "marketing" list?
> --
> Thanks,
> Ash
> http://www.ashleysheridan.co.uk
>
>
>

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