The Obfuscator
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Studies say 97% of spam (no, not Spam™) happens because you posted your email address to a Web page somewhere … The Obfuscator to the rescue! The Obfuscator converts your email address into an encoded string that spambots can't read, but Web browsers and email programs can! For convenience, your obfuscated string is "automagically" copied to the clipboard.
What's New
Version 1.0.1:
  • Fixed trailing newline issue when copying data to the clipboard (thanks Ben Kazez!)
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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davert reviewed on 24 Feb 2014
The software has been removed from active distribution by the author.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Oct 2005
Great, but PLEASE change the UI! We get the Spam reference, but don't need to see it.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Jun 2005
Neat and useful widget. But "Eww" on the UI, literally.
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 16 Sep 2005
It's a piece of SPAM - ugly like spam itself.
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Jun 2005
Handy app for simple masking, but I wouldn't put much faith in this method of obfuscation as a spam deterrent -- it's merely a simple character replacement (m = m) based on standard URL escaping (putting special characters in a web address that aren't normally allowed) that can be EASILY be recognized and deciphered with very little work on the spammer's end. If they aren't already looking for e-mail addresses displayed in this way, they will be soon enough.

A much better obfuscation method is to use javascript that decodes an obfuscated string of characters like The Enkoder does: http://automaticlabs.com/products/enkoder

Love the background image though :)
[Version 1.0]

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Anonymous commented on 10 Jun 2005
lol - your browser probably displayed that as (m = m) when it should have been (m = m) Whoops!
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Anonymous commented on 10 Jun 2005
actually he means that using the standard character codes isn't a very safe method.

think of it this way-- if your browser can handle it alone then so can a decent spambot. this method is too simple, i doubt people will be protected.
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Anonymous commented on 05 Sep 2005
While I am also skeptical of the robustness of this method, I use it and even after a couple of years, the address I've obfuscated has not been picked up by spammers, while my other non-obfuscated addresses have. Conclusion: Most spambots are dumb enough to miss this.
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Anonymous commented on 21 Oct 2005
Think about it. If you can pick up 20,000,000 email addresses by crawling the web -OR- you can spend a few hours modifying your spambot and pick up 20,001,000 email addresses ... which would you do?
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davert replied on 24 Feb 2014
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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:21 Oct 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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Studies say 97% of spam (no, not Spam™) happens because you posted your email address to a Web page somewhere … The Obfuscator to the rescue! The Obfuscator converts your email address into an encoded string that spambots can't read, but Web browsers and email programs can! For convenience, your obfuscated string is "automagically" copied to the clipboard.


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