How To Stop Spammers From Getting Your Private Info from Forums or Blogs

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HideTextHead I spend a good part of my day posting on blogs and forums. I have always tried to obscure my email address when posting by making it a little bit harder on bots by using something like karl at mydomainname dot com instead of the normal karl@mydomainname.com . The single most important reason for doing this is to avoid the bots that hit the internet and collect email addresses for their spam lists and other evil mis-deeds.

Those same bots are now a lot smarter”¦ No we shouldn’t be bowing down to our alien overloads just yet but we might have to step up our practice of hiding our email addresses or other information you might want to send to someone but not let it get harvested by some Malware from their inbox.

Enter www.HideText.net. HideText does a very simple job and at the same time helps users FOR FREE. Now if you want to post your email address somewhere for HUMANS to contact you – you can use HideText to automagically create an image with your text. This can not be parsed by bots (YET!) and is great for emailing data you would not want to fall in to the wrong hands (This is of course if there are NO OTHER means of transferring your data.)

Let’s see how it works.

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After browsing on over to the site decide if you want to create a text image or a simple image for your email address. I started by typing in some super secret data into the text box like so”¦

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And then to hide my text in an image I can select one of two fonts, the size and then click Hide It! You can see the results below:

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When I click the link to my image: http://www.hidetext.net/hide/1YJUSqYWRq.gif

I see this:

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And if I right click on it and get properties:

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And it is impossible to copy and paste the text! Nice. Now let’s see how they handle single email addresses”¦

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I put in my information regarding my HEAVILY spammed gmail account”¦ And Hit Hide It!

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What a pretty graphic it creates using your mail provider’s logo. My image is here:

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Not bad at all! As long as they aren’t transcribing our text and selling it to a third party :) We didn’t find a privacy policy but we did find this FAQ list that calmed us down a bit:

  • How long will my files be stores?
    Forever, at least if they’re accessed once per year.
  • Are there any limits of how much text can I throw in?
    We threw in some some complete books from the gutenberg project, and they work out just fine.
  • This is all swell, but how do I know if you guys are not peeping into my stuff?!
    We’ve got better things to do, really. We’re just not interested.
  • Why did you make this site?
    We made it for ourselves and figured it could be useful for everyone.
  • Is anything logged here? Are the files really deleted?
    Yes, they’re just deleted and nothing is logged here.
  • Why am I reading this?
    Well if you don’t even know, how could we?

How are you hiding your email address or avoiding spammers? Let us know in the comments!

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