HTML entities for email addresses: don’t bother
2nd December 2003
I’ve suspected this for a long time, and now here’s the empirical evidence: Popular Spam Protection Technique Doesn’t Work. If you’re relying on HTML entities to protect your email address from spam harvesters—for example
email@example.com—your email address may as well be in plain text. Chip Rosenthal downloaded a tool called “Web Data Extractor v4.0” and tried it on some test data to prove once and for all that the technique doesn’t work.
I’m still pretty confident in my own anti-spam harvester technique of hiding my email address behind a POST form, but even that could eventually be outsmarted by a really dedicated harvesting tool.
More recent articles
- Weeknotes: Embeddings, more embeddings and Datasette Cloud - 17th September 2023
- Build an image search engine with llm-clip, chat with models with llm chat - 12th September 2023
- LLM now provides tools for working with embeddings - 4th September 2023
- Datasette 1.0a4 and 1.0a5, plus weeknotes - 30th August 2023
- Making Large Language Models work for you - 27th August 2023
- Datasette Cloud, Datasette 1.0a3, llm-mlc and more - 16th August 2023
- How I make annotated presentations - 6th August 2023
- Weeknotes: Plugins for LLM, sqlite-utils and Datasette - 5th August 2023
- Catching up on the weird world of LLMs - 3rd August 2023
- Run Llama 2 on your own Mac using LLM and Homebrew - 1st August 2023