Email Obfuscator - Hide your address from spammers! - Flash Animation

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PLEASE NOTE: The message "[problem loading address!]" displayed above is due to a limitation in how iStockphoto handles its Flash preview files, not an indication that there is something wrong with this file. THE SOURCE IS FULLY FUNCTIONAL. Read on for further information.

This Flash file allows you to hide your email address from automated email harvesting programs, but still remain easily readable by humans. Spammers use automated programs to scour the Internet for email addresses for the purpose of sending you spam. Using a small Flash file the email address is much harder for an automated program to gather.

The actual email address is stored in two pieces inside an accompanying XML file that is then read and reassembled by the Flash SWF file. The above preview does not show an email address because iStockphoto does not allow more than one file to be uploaded as part of a preview, therefore I was unable to upload an XML file with the actual email address to display in the preview. For your own uses you will be able to upload both the SWF and the XML file like any other file you would place on your web site.

Since the address is not stored in the SWF file, attempts to decompile the SWF will not reveal your email address. Also, the format of the email address in the XML is not obviously an email address either. The XML nodes can even be named anything you want, further obscuring the actual purpose of that file to outsiders that may view the XML.

When implemented, the SWF shows your email in the form of and allows it to be clicked like you could with any email address displayed on a web page. Clicking the address brings up a mail program with your email address pre-filled in the "to" field.


Keywords: Encryption, E-Mail, Spam, Speech, Camouflage, Hiding, cloaked, Obfuscate
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Uploaded on: 07-04-07 © anskrev
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