The vast and overwhelming amount of all so-called information on the internet is spam and that would not be the case if spamming was not a big money maker. So if you don’t want to spend your time canvassing your spam filter when your return home from vacation, then be sure your email address is not a spam magnet.
Don’t do it!
1. Don’t post an email address on your blog in the conventional format that spam bots can harvest.
Posting an email address on your blog in the conventional email format guarantees email address harvesting spam bots crawling the internet will collect it. Thereafter the spam masters who programmed the bots will sell your email address to other spammers and your blog will be deluged with spam.
Any email address published in conventional clickable form on a web page, blog, forum, etc. risks being collected and used as a target for mass mailing. The robots scan for mailto: tags or whatever looks like something@something.
Also note that some viruses that spread themselves by email read the browser’s cache of the infected computer to find possible victims: so if an infected computer is used to browse a web page containing your address, the virus might sends itself to you via an infected mail from that computer.
2. Don’t publish a blog post announcing you are going on vacation.
3. Don’t use the email indicator settings that say “I’m on vacation” or similar settings.
Instead configure your email auto-reply to reply only to those email recipients that you place in your contact list. Because if you configure your email program to auto-reply to all incoming email, including spam messages will also receive a reply.
Protecting Your Email Address
Some of the most common email spamming techniques are listed at How do spammers harvest email addresses?
The good news is that there ways to protect your email address from being harvested by spam bots and becoming a spam magnet.
Use a Contact Form
If you are a WordPress.com blogger know WordPress.com provides a secure contact form.
When a user submits your contact form, the feedback will be filtered through Akismet to make sure it’s not spam. Any legitimate feedback will then be emailed to you, and added to your feedback management area.
Use an Email Image Generator
Protect your email address by generating an email image button and prevent it from getting harvested by spam software. Click the desired email generator below, enter the required information, save the image to your computer and upload it to your server, or a free image hosting server like Flickr, Image shack/Photo bucket etc. and hotlink to the image.
Encode Your Email Address
Protect your email address by “munging” or encoding your email address to prevent it from getting harvested by spam software.
HEX (%70) HTML Entity Number (m)
Use temporary disposable email accounts
Create and use temporary disposable email mailboxes from providers that shield your real email address from prying eyes.
For more information on protecting your email address from spammers scroll down here to locate 10 Ways to Protect Against Email Spam.