3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 22, 2007 9:13 AM by Fred1000

    E Mail Forms and Spam Bots

    Fred1000 Level 1
      I have created a form and using a PHP script to forward the form results to an e mail account. How protected is this from harvesting the e mail address by spam bots? If this is not the best way to go, any suggestions on a better method. I'm familiar with captcha but would prefer not to have to use this.

      thnx
      Fred
        • 1. Re: E Mail Forms and Spam Bots
          Level 7
          If the email address is ONLY mentioned in the PHP script, it's completely
          secure.

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          "Fred1000" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:fahij6$576$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          >I have created a form and using a PHP script to forward the form results to
          >an
          > e mail account. How protected is this from harvesting the e mail address
          > by
          > spam bots? If this is not the best way to go, any suggestions on a better
          > method. I'm familiar with captcha but would prefer not to have to use
          > this.
          >
          > thnx
          > Fred
          >


          • 2. Re: E Mail Forms and Spam Bots
            Level 7
            .oO(Fred1000)

            >I have created a form and using a PHP script to forward the form results to an
            >e mail account. How protected is this from harvesting the e mail address by
            >spam bots?

            Unless the address is exposed in a hidden form field, no bot will be
            able to grab it from the server-side script.

            >If this is not the best way to go, any suggestions on a better
            >method.

            It's OK, but of course a bot could still abuse the form itself to send
            spam to you. Some bots might simply fill out every input field they can
            find, others are explicitly written to spam a particular form (usually
            some widely used forum or guestbook scripts).

            >I'm familiar with captcha but would prefer not to have to use this.

            Good.

            Micha
            • 3. Re: E Mail Forms and Spam Bots
              Fred1000 Level 1
              Thanks. The address is ONLY in the PHP script.