Keep Your Email Safe From Spam Bots

Avoiding The Spammers

If you aren’t annoyed by spam, you are probably an alien. Or you are dead. This article aims to show you how you can minimize the prodding and poking of spammers, and keep your details out of their annoying hands.

Your Website Is A Spam Bot’s Hunting Ground

Spam bots are invisible digital hunters that are sent out from an evil spammer’s lair. The spammer sits there, smiling, maybe stroking a cat, while he sends out his minions to crawl through websites on the internet.

The spam bots lands on your website, and they begin to search for personal information. They are trained to acquire personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers. If they find them, the bots grab them, and they fly back to their master spammer, in his cave or apartment building, and they give him your personal information.

“Thank you, my pretties,” the evil spammer says, and off they fly again, looking for more.

The spammer then hoards all of his new information, and uses your details for his own ends. He will usually either contact you inappropriately to sell his own stuff, or if he is a real scoundrel, will even sell your information on so that someone else can do the same.

How can you protect your email address from spam bots?

Ideally, you want to be a fortress. You want to only be contacted by people who are interested in your product or service. You don’t want random emails from random companies trying to sell you theirs.

Unfortunately, you can’t keep these spam bots off of your website. They are too annoying for that. Stealth will have to be your tactic. There are a few ways that you can keep your information undetectable to spam bots, and out of their prying claws.

And yes, spam bots do have claws. We just can’t see them…

Use Contact Forms

Use contact forms instead of making your email address public. It’s easy for visitors to fill out a quick form, and it saves you leaving your email address out there like a hot plate of chips for hungry spam bots.

Instead of having a contact address like “comeandgetmespambot@spamme.com” pasted on your web pages, you can have a beautiful form straight on your site which keeps your details private.

DotGo email can be connected to your form, and you are good to go.

Display As An Image

Spam bots are hunting down text written directly into your site. If you display your contact information as an image, the spam bots can not recognise it. Dummies.

You can make your image yourself, but there can be challenges in blending it with the rest of your website. If possible, get fancy with some code…

Get Fancy

If you know any expert coders, or if you have a website built by a bunch of pros, they will be able to give you some clever code for your website that makes your personal information undetectable to spam bots.

The effect of this code on hungry spam bots is like you standing still in front of a T-rex. We’ve all been there, and those of us who live to tell the tale know that the stillness makes us undetectable. We are there, right there, but to the predator, we don’t exist.

Make your own contact info undetectable to spam bots by using some clever JavaScript code. This JavaScript code can be provided by any professional website builder, and if it isn’t, then they need to have a word with themselves.

All DotGO websites have this code neatly embedded as standard, so your email can hide in plain sight!

JavaScript code has nothing to do with coffee. In this case, it presents your personal data to your human visitors perfectly, but it makes things messy for spam bots. When spam bots see your email address, they only see it in segments. They can’t tell what it is, and it does not appeal to their appetites.

These spam bots are always in a hurry, on direct orders to crawl through sites as quickly as possible. They have no time to decipher a piece of JavaScript code like this. They just want an easy life.

So they see the segments of your personal info, and they fly right on by, looking for where it is all clumped together nicely. They fly off your website, frustrated and hungry, still yet to please their master.

Starve Those Spam Bots

So while you might not be able to build a wall to keep them out, like a famous American leader, you can certainly take action to keep your data out of robotic hands.

Use forms where you can, experiment with the use of images if you want to, or get a JavaScript guru to end all of your worries.

If you need a website built with all of the stealthy JavaScript in place, feel free to contact us here.