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Author Topic: online email icon generator  (Read 4312 times)


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online email icon generator
« on: January 29, 2007, 01:26:53 AM »
An online email link generator, to display only  (non clickable)

enter your email address, and it will return a external link to use in web pages or forums.


some examples

unfortunatley, you have to give them your email first.   8)

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No e-mail address entered into this site will ever be made available to any 3rd party, nor will it be used by ourselves for any purpose other than for the generation of e-mail icons.

For your security, the icon links are encrypted to prevent the determination of the e-mail address from the icon's URL. This should prevent spammers from finding your e-mail address as a result of using an e-mail icon on your site.

Whilst we will not e-mail you with any advertising, we may on very rare occasions send out e-mails to alert you of major changes to the service that may require you to change the link you use on your sites to display the e-mail icon.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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What & Why?

The e-mail icons produced by the E-Mail Icon Generator are intended for use as a replacement for your textual e-mail address (eg. "me@example.com") wherever you might normally put an e-mail address that could appear publicly, for example as a signature on a public forum, on your personal web page or "blog".

By showing your e-mail address in an image form, rather than text, spammers' e-mail harvesting programs are unable to see it, and so will not be able to add your e-mail address to their mailing lists.

The e-mail icons are not however intended to be used as a replacement for your e-mail address in your e-mail client, or on websites which require an e-mail address for signing up.

To display your e-mail icon on a website, you can use the following HTML:

<img src="http://services.nexo...l/icon/.../image.png" alt="My E-Mail Address" />

If you wish to display the e-mail icon on a forum, or any other site which uses "BBCode" (Bulletin Board Code), use the following:

In both cases, replace the text in red with the link to your e-mail icon, obtained using the e-mail icon generator.

(Please note that if you make the icon clickable using a "mailto:" link, or use your e-mail address in the icon's alt-text, your e-mail address will be visible to address collecting robots!)

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Still, its a neat alternative to displaying your email address

and I would love to hear of alternative ways of slowing spam robots



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Re: online email icon generator
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2007, 03:06:57 AM »
I knew about this, and the first time i saw it i thought the same you did: do they keep my e-mail?
A simple way to use this while protecting yourself against it is to put random letters in the middle of your e-mail and then remove them with an image editor.


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Re: online email icon generator
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2007, 03:36:49 AM »
Humm, they say your email address is "encrypted" in the link they provide for the image. If this really is a two-way encryption rather than a hash that's then looked up in a database, it would be theoretically possible for spammers to RE or guess the algorithm.

The generated link does change even if you enter the same address. Different length inputs have different length output, so it probably is some reversible encryption rather than a hash value.

The generated URLs look like http://services.nexodyne.com/email/icon/{variable-size}/{fixed-size}/{provider-constant}/0/image.png. The {variables} look to be base64 encoded. Please don't tell me that {fixed-size} is a raw key for a standard encryption algorithm.

I'd do what jgpaiva suggests, enter a couple random chars, use an image editor to cut it out, and save the resulting image somewhere. But then the whole deal is almost pointless, since it's a bit of work.
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Re: online email icon generator
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2007, 09:31:13 AM »
this is a really nice idea..
might also be a good project for a local application if someone wants to try it - would avoid the fears of people keeping your email.


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Re: online email icon generator
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2007, 10:30:26 PM »
You could also just use spaces on that form then generate and save then add your part to it in an image editor.  :)
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« Last Edit: January 29, 2007, 10:31:59 PM by hamradio »