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If you want to reduce spam in your e-mail inbox, but still want to give out your e-mail address online (e.g. on your website), you should give reCAPTCHA Mailhide a try. The service works like this: you enter your e-mail address, and you'll get a web page with a piece of HTML code you can put on your website. If people click on the link, they are presented with a pop-up, which asks to solve two captchas. If they solve both correctly, they get your e-mail address in plain text (with a hyperlink).




This isn't a solution for big mail providers like Yahoo (because criminals can craft a social engineering method to use humans to solve the captchas), but for individuals and low-profile websites this seems to be an excellent protection against e-mail address harvesting. The reCAPTCHA Mailhide site claims not storing entered e-mail addresses.


Furthermore, you (and your website visitors who want to contact you) help with the scanning of old books, because the reCAPTCHA project does just that (let humans convert scanned letters into characters, because machines couldn't).


Of course, this still doesn't protect you from people with infected computers, who's address books are harvested for e-mail addresses. So reCAPTCHA Mailhide is just one of the many tools you can use to reduce the amount of spam in your e-mail inbox. At least with this solution, no malicious bot can read your e-mail address from your website in plain text.

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