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Online Safety GuideMask Your E-mail Address

If you need to post your e-mail address on a publicly available Web site, you can mask your address. Masking is also called "munging" your address. What this does is make it difficult for spammers' computers to automatically collect your e-mail address, but fairly simple for other people to be able to use your e-mail address.

Simple masking

Add a phrase, or a character, that is obviously not a part of your e-mail address. Then users simply remove that part of your address to contact you. So if your e-mail address is "," you could mask it as "" This technique can be used on Web pages, in UseNet newsgroup postings, and in some mailing lists. But, if you need to get an automated response, this will not work. So you would still sign up for a mailing list with your regular address, but remember to change the signature that goes out with your e-mail messages.

Web Site Masking

If you operate a Web site, you may want to go one step further. A study reported in March 2003 by the Center for Democracy & Technology shows that using character entities to represent your e-mail address is currently very effective at preventing spammers' computers from recognizing e-mail addresses posted on a Web page.

To mask your e-mail address, simply enter it in this box:

(Note: does not collect any of the email addresses entered into this web page.)

then you can copy and paste this code into your HTML pages wherever your address appears on a Web page.

These codes only work on Web pages! Do not use these codes in your e-mail client.

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