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
You will be assigned a short URL (that you need to remember)
Anyone that clicks on or visits your short URL
will be required to complete the humanity check
before your email address is revealed.