Help Trap Spammers in a Sticky Situation with Project Honeypot!

The Internet Patrol - Patrolling the Internet for You

 

How would you like to help to track, trap, and catch spammers? What if Aunty told you that all you have to do is put some invisible email addresses up on your website? You’d do it then, wouldn’t you?

“Sure, Aunty!” she can hear you saying, “Sign me right up! How does it work?” (You are so accomodating playing straight man for Aunty, thank you.)

Imagine having an email address on your website that no human can see, but which is visible to machines which are scraping your website for harvestable email addressess..you know, the ones where they grab the email address, spam the bejeezus out of it, and then sell it to other spammers for more bejeezusing. [I know, sounds like every “mailto:” link on your site, right?]


Now imagine that each of these email addresses is unique, and tied to (and forwards to) a special database, which tracks each of these email addresses wherever, whenever, and by whomever they are used.

Pretty cool idea, eh?

That’s exactly the concept behind “Project Honeypot”. In fact, that’s exactly what they are doing, and you can help, just by signing up and putting some email addresses on your website. They’ll take it from there, tracking, tracing, and turning in spammers.

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did you find here today?:
Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles for free!

So don’t delay, help trap a spammer today!

You can read more about Project Honeypot and sign up here.

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:
What info did you find here today?:

Follow Anne

3 thoughts on “Help Trap Spammers in a Sticky Situation with Project Honeypot!

  1. Hey this is cool. I registered immediately. Installation is straightforward if you are familiar with basic webmaster techniques. I gradually will do that for all domains we host with our customers. Slam these *##$%$#spammers

  2. I think this is a great idea. I may be biased, though, becauase I suggested a similar trap back in May 2003. See

    I didn’t have the addresses forward to a database; I just suggested creating millions of fake E-mail addresses that spammers would waste time getting and that would generate errors when they tried to send mail there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *