Protect your email address before sharing it…

Did you know that posting your email as plain text in forums, on Twitter, web pages or on classified sites makes you an easy spam target?  Spammers use automated spam robots that endlessly scour the internet looking for email addresses to harvest. In other words, post your email address where it is visible on a web page, anywhere on the internet, and I will guarantee that you will experience a dramatic increase in spam. If you notice when you leave a comment here on the “What’s On My PC…” blog, I will ask you for your email address (to contact you back); however, your email address is never made visible to the spam robots or others for that matter.

The solution… If you have a need to post your email, you can mask it using this FREE service called scr.im .

scr.im – Converts your email address into a short, cute and safe link you can share on the web, in Twitter, forums, Craigslist, anywhere…

How to use it… Simply visit the scr.im site, enter your email address and click “protect my email”. You will subsequently be assigned a short URL (web address) that you ultimately can use on web pages, forums, twitter, etc.  When a person clicks on your scr.im link they will ultimately be required to go through a short “humanity check” (see below) before the email address is revealed.

scr.im is like having a spam firewall to protect your personal email address.

You will be prompted to enter your email address

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You will be assigned a short URL (that you need to remember)

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Anyone that clicks on or visits your short URL
will be required to complete the humanity check
before your email address is revealed.

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  1. Thanks for pointing this out! I already use reCAPTCHA for email links on my site, which works quite well. But I never had a away to obfuscate my email address when posting on blogs, etc.

    Funny, the comment form here wouldn’t allow me to use the Scrim-generated address. No big deal, as WOMPC doesn’t publish email addresses anyway. But it did make me chuckle.

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    1. Marc,

      You’re right; WordPress does not recognize the scrim-generated address; however, the usage of this for web links is an excellent idea.

      I thank you for visiting and commenting…

      Rick

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  2. My only (BIG) concern is that we all would be giving our email addresses to this Scr.im people…

    …and they know that we care about our privacy… we receive little spam…. high value information to be sold to a spammer!

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    1. Jose,

      I agree; however, the main purpose of their service is to stop spam! I am sure there will be the day when we will see a bogus cloud app out there that will take advantage of us. One thing I do is that I do not use my main email address. For example, for my blog I use a different email address and on occasions will change it.

      Thank you very much for giving us something to think about with this…

      Rick

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