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    EMail Icons

    Does anyone know how to generate and use an email icon to prevent spamming?

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    Re: EMail Icons

    A bit more detail about what you are asking would be helpful. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: EMail Icons

    Bypassing the original question, it is my view is that the only way to prevent spam is not to disclose your email address to anyone.

    Since that makes for a very quiet email life, the next level is to give your email address only to those people you can trust will not pass it on, even accidentally.

    As an alternative to this, use a email forwarding mechanism, where you set up a number of email addresses (one for each company you order stuff from online, and one for each friend) and have these forwarded to your secret email address. Just make sure you reply to each with the specific email address you use for that company or person! If you start getting spam from one of these forwarding email addresses, you know from whom it originated - just close down that email address and use another.

    Once your email address is on a spammer's list, it will eventually get onto most of the spam lists. The only way out is to discontinue that email address, and start again at the top of this message!
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    Re: EMail Icons

    Since we're all just waiting to hear from you, I'll make a SWAG. Are you possibly talking about "cloaking" (hiding) an email address on a web page so it will not attract spammers? If so you might want to read this thread: <post:=617,865>post 617,865</post:>.

    Down in that thread, John Gray mentions the Enkoder Form and I've had trouble with that link. I don't know if it's dead or not, but here a good link for them: Hivelogic: Enkoder Web Form

    I use the advanced version and it works very well.

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    Re: EMail Icons

    Al

    Yes, they moved the EnkoderForm to a differently-named website, as you found. Both the Basic and the Advanced entry mechanisms would produce the same result if identical information was entered.
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    Re: EMail Icons

    What I am attempting - or would like to - is to eliminate all the spam I receive every day. I've now read your posts as well as several others and can't say I really understand them. A few of them have a form where I fill in my email address and press submit and it comes back with HTML language for me to use. That's where I get stuck. What do I do with that. I went to a couple of websites, like sweepstakes, and filled in their entry form using that HTML language instead of my email address. None of them accepted it. The same thing happened with the email icon someone said I could use.

    So what am I doing wrong?

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    Re: EMail Icons

    As I understand it you are not doing anything wrong, but you did not provide enough information in your first post what it was that you wanted to achieve and where to use it.

    Again, as I understand it, the Loungers that answered assumed from your "... to generate and use an email icon ..." that you would like to have your e-mail address on your web page for others to find and use, but to encode it in a way that it's hidden from the harvesting bots that collects addresses to spam.

    So, they gave you the most likely answer given your information.

    The page, that were given to you in this thread, that gives you an encoed e-mail address says:

    "This tool is only useful for protecting an email address on a web page you've designed in HTML. It cannot be used when sending email or when posting your address into a web form, or adding your comments to a forum."

    I.e. it is for use on a web page designed by you. As it says, it can not be used in a web form etc. (and obviously not when sending e-mail <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

    Also, as has been mentioned by John indirectly, if you already have an address that is getting a lot of spam, it's already known, so no use to try to hide it on your own web page.

    So, if all you want is to avoid spam, then look at John's <post:=657,122>post 657,122</post:>; in short be careful who gets your address, try to use several addresses. Depending on your ISP (and if you can set up several addresses from them) you can have several addresses, or you can have one single and then use free web mail services for alternative addresses. We don't know if you use an e-mail client or web mail, or both. But e-mail programs today either have spam filters, or they can be added. For web mail, there should also be settings to tweak. But no matter what filter or hiding, most important is who gets your address (i.e. where and when you use it). That's it. Why did you mention this "email icon"?

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    Re: EMail Icons

    Now that you have clarified what you are looking for, the magic phrase to find the information you want is "spam filter".

    A spam filter is software that you run on your computer to remove spam from the incoming email before you read it. Depending on what email client you are using, and what facilities your ISP provides, you may be able to integrate a spam filter with your mail program or you may be able to run a separate program.

    Can you tell us what software you use to read your email, and which ISP you are using.

    StuartR

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