Protection against harvesting email addresses

Protection against harvesting email addresses

Spam!

We all hate it, but how to fight against it? Well if you are admin of a website you should take an action against harvesting email addresses check Admin Guide bellow, else if you are user you want to check User Guide.

How email harvesting works

 

Admin Guide:

  1.  You can fight back against some harvesters with simply editing .htaccess file in your webserver root this will redirect robots to bulk email feeding websites also known as blackhole. In this case we used Spampoison.com as blackhole provider.

Spam Poison

Community

11 Years

Feeding spammers
since 2003

Fight Back Against Spammers

WWW Robots (also called wanderers, spiders, crawlers, or bots) are programs that crawl the Web continually retrieving linked pages. When a spammer’s bot visits your website, blog, forum, etc, all pages and sites linked to it will be searched looking for email addresses.

Now you can fight back against their robots!

All you have to do is link to this page so that whenever a spammer’s robot scans your page, it will be sucked into this one. To link to this page, just use this simple code:
Text : Fight Spam! Click Here!

<a href=”http://english-1411130291.spampoison.com”>Fight Spam! Click Here!</a>

Blog Sticker :

<a href=><img src= “http://pics8.inxhost.com/images/sticker.gif” border=”0″ width=”80″ height=”15″/></a>


These links will redirect email harvesting bots to trap sites that will feed it with an almost infinite loop of dynamically generated fake email addresses, mostly on known spammer owned domains! This will render their harvested lists practically useless and of no commercial value.

Copy this code into your .htaccess file:


#copy from here
RewriteEngine on

RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailSiphon [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailWolf [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ExtractorPro [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla.*NEWT [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Crescent [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^CherryPicker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^[Ww]eb[Bb]andit [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^WebEMailExtrac.* [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^NICErsPRO [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Teleport [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Zeus.*Webster [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Microsoft.URL [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Wget [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^LinkWalker [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^sitecheck.internetseer.com [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ia_archiver [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^DIIbot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^psbot [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^EmailCollector
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Anarchie [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^ASPSeek [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^attach [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^autoemailspider [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Xaldon\ WebSpider [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Xenu [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Zeus.*Webster [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Zeus

RewriteRule ^.*$ http://english-61925045732.spampoison.com [R,L]
#Stop here

User Guide:

If you really need to post your email address i would recomend you format change, so you don’t use format as mail@example.com but instaed change it to mail{at}example(dot)com or mail{at]example{dot)com

That’s all for now 🙂

Stay safe 🙂

 
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