Is Using "Contact Me" Secure?


(Bruce Kieffer) #1

Does checking and using “Contact Me” in Settings/General secure my email address from robots and spiders?


(Peter Danckwerts) #2

Possibly. RW uses some form of obfuscation if you select ‘Protect email addresses’ but I don’t know what. Probably safer to use a PHP contact form.


(Mark Sealey) #3

Bruce,

I’d tend not to risk it; in Configuration > Advanced there’s a checkbox for ‘Protect Email Address’, which obfuscates it and attempts to prevent spammers from gathering it.

But it’s always a game of cat and mouse: as fast as someone encrypts, the spammers decrypt.

I agree with Peter that a form is much safer.


(Dave) #4

Pretty sure that only protects the email address if it appears in the footer. Addresses anywhere else on the page will not be protected.


(Mark Spaulding) #5

Bruce,

DooBox provides a free App to secure email addresses.

Works slick. Below is a link.

Blessings,
–Mark

http://www.doobox.co.uk/apps/app_demos/securemailtogenerator.html


(Peter Danckwerts) #6

Obfuscation may or may not be effective against spambots (and I have my doubts) but it won’t protect you against human spammers who will get your email address as soon as they click on the link.