Does formmail protect against email address harvesting?

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Does formmail protect against email address harvesting?

Postby Alice Henneman » Sun Mar 25, 2007 4:36 pm

If I use formmail with my email address included within the form coding - rather than appearing on the Web page - will that prevent imy address from being harvested?

Thank you. Alice Henneman
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Postby saltybeagle » Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:16 am

Well, for email harvesting, I would say a little.... but having a public form out there which uses formmail script is a little hazardous if the script is not properly secured.

By including the To: email address within the source of the form, this may prevent search engines from indexing the email address -- but the formmail script is (usually) vulnerable to accepting any email address posted to it to send a message to.

So keep in mind, the post values, even if they are hidden input elements can be spoofed.
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