Simple! As you know, there are "spiders" or "robots" that search the internet looking for web pages to scan and add into the databases for the search engines on the web. This scanning does not present a problem. However, the same technology has been adapted by spammers to create tools that search out web pages and look for mailto: URL's, or possibly even just the presence of what looks like a mailing address, i.e. email@example.com.
Unfortunately, once your address is captured, there is virtually NO WAY to have it removed from the mailing lists that the spammers use. Unless you change your email address, you will probably get spam forever...
This gets into some of the technical details of how web browsers and these spiders and robots work, but I will try to start with a simpler overview.
I have used this for a number of years for email addresses, and non of them had gotten spammed. I tried a test using your typical mailto: link, and the address I gave got spammed within a month!! I'll never say this is effective 100.000% if the time, but I think it is getting pretty close. If you have a better solution, or see a problem with this, PLEASE point it out to me!
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Last updated Friday, February 12, 2010
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