Graceful Email Obfuscation
Many big email providers like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. offers state-of-the-art spam filters, so with these email addresses the email obfuscation is not really necessary. Since I’m not sure whether the spam filter of my host provider is good, I was looking for a good obfuscation method for this blog.
Email obfuscation is the process to mask an email address on a webpage, in order to prevent spam produced by the bots that scan internet websites. Many solutions exist, but most of them are not accessible from the final-user point of view. For example a picture with the email address is a good solution (unless OCR-aware bots) but require the user to write explicitly the address. Displaying the email only after a Recaptcha quiz is even better, from the security point, but (at least from me) is very boring from the user side.
Fortunately many other scripting solutions exist. Generally they use some scrips that rewrite/encode/decode the email address. I’m not an export of this field, but as far I know the Graceful Email Obfuscation (GEO) is one of the best methods. It requires the apache webserver and a bit of php skills, but fortunately a wordpress plugin exists and is also very simple to use!
and the plugin will produce the following email link:
pointing exactly at
By default the text link is the word email, but you can customize it writing:
Now the resulting link is
When the user provides the right answer, the email address is finally showed: