FoRK and Spam..

Shreyans Bhansali bhansali@seas.upenn.edu
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 00:35:18 -0500 (EST)


How would the GIF thing work? You said there's an image gen script - how
does it generate the images?

- Shreyans

On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, Gary P wrote:

> At 03:57 PM 3/18/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> >Why not just munge the addresses on the web in a format that is human
> >readable but not easily harvested, using "bob/@/bobsworld.com" instead of
> >"bob@bobsworld.com"?
>
> Another option is that it's now fairly trivial to set up an image gen
> script to take 'bob@bobsworld.com' and convert it into a GIF.  I've noticed
> that some of the free webspace providers, and a few merchants (I think I
> saw it on PayPal?), are using this visual verification ("type the number
> you see to the left") to avoid hosting warez, allowing bogus ecom accounts
> and other automated service sign-ups.
>
> Advantage of this is it doesn't require Javascript.  Can't cut/paste though...
>
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