When you put your email address on the internet (eg.
firstname.lastname@example.org), there is a chance that your address is mined for
spamming. Spam-bots crawl the internet day-and-night to mine email
addresses for spamming. Now, you can do something to prevent a spam
bot reading your email address. The key factor here is that an
automated BOT is going to scan the pages, so it is easy to fool it. Or
A very common form of obfuscation is to spell out the special
characters. eg. jitesh AT example DOT com. Note that this is infact a
very weak form of obfuscation. Because, you are simply changing the
syntax of writing your email address and hence, the bot-writer has to
just add one more grammar to his list of rules and he is done.
Ofcourse, bot-writers are not so stupid as to miss this simple change.
What you need is a semantic change which is impossible (or extremely
hard to be practical) for the bots to infer. But, humans can do it
easily. eg. I might obfuscate my address as : my-first-name AT example
Note that: "my-first-name" here is a semantic change. Only a human can
infer that this is to be replaced by "jitesh". This is REAL
So guys, if you have a non-gmail account with a sucky spam filter,
make your obfuscation stronger and do NOT underestimate spammers :-)