Camouflaging Your eMail on a Website

Having your eMail on your website is not only a matter of good style; it is also a legal requirement. On the other hand, you don't want your eMail harvested This article will show you an easy way, for a non-webdesigner.



Simple HTML or "Hyper Text Markup Language" is the solution. HTML can show an array of normal letters, like „a" for „a". The result is fascinatingly simple, your browser correctly shows your eMail but SPAM-bots will not recognize an eMail. Spam-bots usually try to extract addresses from the source code and not prepare the text for a real presentation, that is why they understand „a" as mumbo jumbo but not „a". Even the "mailto" link can be obfuscated. How? There is a blog entry that will help you to do this. Email obfuscator. Just enter your eMail, click „Obfuscate This!" and voilà SPAM-bots will go further without collecting.

Webdesigners Attention! When programming a CSS, install the option „Reverse using CSS". Write the eMail in reverse order and attribute the style „email". In order to let the viewer of your website read the eMail and click it, you need to define the style „email" with reverse reading order - i.e. from right to left. This will be achieved with following commands:

This will result in false information for SPAM-bots but your browser will show you legible text.

This information was sponsored by  Mathias Bynens and Joachim Van Hove of

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