Hiding (Cloaking) your email address from spam bots

Unfortunately, in this digital age, spam is everywhere and almost impossible to avoid. Using major players like hotmail, gmail, yahoo can help since they have decent spam filtering. However, good email will once in a while make its way in there as well.  Now where do the spammers find your email address? Well there are a multitude of ways that range of someone infected with malware/spyware that has you in their contacts (address book) to making your email address public via a blog, forum, etc;

If you have your own website (business or personal) and need to have your email address displayed for some reason – perhaps under your contact us page – the best way to protect yourself from spam bots AND still have a click-able mail-to: link is to cloak your email address. This is mostly done through converting your email address into ASCII characters or using JavaScript. The latter is much more effective.

Even with a simple ASCII conversion, I have tested several email addresses and they have not collected any spam in months. However, the  JavaScript method should be even more effective.

Here is a link to a GREAT FREE TOOL that will do all that for you at a click of the mouse.


Web Email Cloaker is a simple utility for webmasters to beat the spam-spiders by cloaking email contact information in obfuscated or complex JavaScript code. Web Email Cloaker uses multiple methods of cloaking together to create email contact code that displays correctly but is utterly unreadable by email-hunting spam robots.


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