Spam robots are programs that systematically try to access different networks to hack and collect information. They act just like search engines – crawl the Internet. The only difference is that they strive to find site vulnerabilities and use these for their purposes. However, in the case of spambots, they do not look for information for the index and open use. They collect any email address that appears in the HTML code of the web pages they visit. These email addresses are then sold to advertisers.

If you launch a new site and post your email address online, then you will soon begin to receive spam to this email address, thanks to the relentless search of spambots. You end up with a dilemma because you want your visitors to be able to contact you, but you get hundreds of spam emails. At the same time, you want to establish a channel for online communication with your customers through an online form. At the same time, you have no desire to deal with limitless spam or attacks on the mail server.

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There Is an Easy Solution for You

Luckily, there is always a solution. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Create blacklists database of spammy words and an IP blacklist that will have a list of terms that can only be used by spammers. You can take them from the spam comments. Built-in functions and plugins can help you with it. What is more, if you are getting a lot of emails or requests from a particular IP address, you can easily detect and blacklist it.
  • Optimize the form on your site – If you use the form to collect information from visitors, you should not publish your email address on your site. However, you must be careful in choosing the type of form you are using. Some forms require you to insert your email address in the HTML code of the web page. However, the email address is not displayed when viewing the page in a browser, but it can be easily collected by spambots. Remember that bots are not human beings – they collect information that appears in HTML code.
  • Visualize your email address as an image – instead of using text, just place a .jpg, .png, or .gif asset with your email address. You can select the background and text on the image that appears on your page so that the image looks like plain text. When viewing the site, the visitor can simply copy the address and use it in their email programs.
  • Turn on the captcha – make sure that all form submits come from real people and not from spambots. This is where the captcha functionality will help you. By enabling captcha, you will automatically filter out spam messages and will protect your DB from hacking.

Maintain the interactivity and usefulness of your site. Protect your email and DB from spam and phishing attacks. Use the above approaches to do it in the right way.