Solo Tip Tuesday: Protect Your Email Address from Spammers

by Sara Crocker on January 31, 2012

Have you ever wondered how spammers collect email addresses? There are several methods but the most common way is using spam robots and email harvesters.

These applications are on the Internet constantly browsing and recovering information formatted in the classic email format—for example, example@emailserver.com. These roving harvesters are busily working the Internet and social media sites. They can pick up your email address from your Web page or blog, a Tweet, and almost anywhere else you post an email address. How can you share your email address and reduce your risk of having it harvested? Use scr.im at http://scr.im.

Scr.im is a free service that will allow you to protect your email address behind a URL (uniform resource locator) that is protected by a “captcha.” A captcha is a challenge response test that is commonly used to verify that the computer is responding to a human. Review the scr.im Privacy Statement and Terms of Use before you sign up. See an example of what scr.im does here. Give it a try and then determine if a scr.im URL for your email might be a valuable tool to add to your anti-spam arsenal.

Note: This tip, which is full of acronyms and techspeak, may have added a new term to your lexicon. Just in case you are interested in the etymology for “captcha,” Dictionary.com provided the following: Captcha is the acronym for Completely Automatic Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.

Thanks to the ABA PMA TaskForce and Diane Ebersole of the Michigan Bar for the tip.

You can see this tip and others, on topics ranging from Outlook and Word help to App reviews and online tools, all here.

Longtime readers of the Colorado Bar Association’s C-Brief, its weekly eNewsletter, know each week there is a tip from Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance. Those tips are moving beyond the newsletter and now have a permanent home within the Practice Management section of CBA’s website. We’ll share some of the best tips each week here as Solo Tip Tuesday.

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