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Published: 1st Jan 2017 | Words: 530 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

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The pros and cons of email addresses on a web page

Placing your email address on a web page is a very bad idea. As you probably know if you have an email address you can find your inbox being constantly bombarded with spam until eventually you have to just put up with it or change your email address. Placing your email address on a web page is inviting a whole pile of spam right your way. Just like regular search bots which crawl web pages and index them, there are bots that crawl web pages and look for email address using different techniques and add those email addresses to databases. Unfortunately once you are added to these databases and mailing lists there is almost no way to protect yourself from spam. Yes you can use various anti-spam email programmes to protect yourself, but even so if you receive a large amount of spam email every day some of it will probably still get through your email spam filters.

Protect your email addresses

You will find that email spammers use thousands of different email addresses and you can find yourself in a constant struggle cleaning out your inbox of spam messages about some crazy stuff. Even worse these spam emails can contain various viruses which can wreak havoc with your PC. A good rule of thumb is to never use your personal email addresses for any sort of correspondence with site visitors or the likes. An email address that you use for various important things like your web hosting or things like a PayPal account should remain confidential and only be used when dealing with companies you know are reputable. If you do want to use an email for correspondence with website visitors create an email address that is used only for this purpose and if it came down to a situation where the email spam is too much it can be easily changed.

Avoid placing emails on pages altogether

Generally the best way to protect your email address is to never place it on a web page and if you want visitors to contact you, place a contact form on your web page that uses PHP or similar to send the contents of the form to you in an email keeping your email address hidden from spammers. There are various techniques you can use with JavaScript and images to hide your email from spam bots but this will not stop someone manually viewing your email on your site and adding it to a mailing list that way. The only real solid way to protect yourself is to use a contact form on your site as stated above and create emails accounts for specific purposes that can be easily changed if need be. A solid plan about how you will protect your email addresses really is key when you build a website. Work out where and how different email addresses can be used for different site functions and how you can change them easily if need be.

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