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Thread: [SOLVED] Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

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    Question [SOLVED] Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

    Hello,
    I have for several years been editing a web site using Windows third-party software, hand-coding all the way. I had an Apache server, running a Perl installation at c:\usr\bin\perl.exe, so that I could write my Perl scripts with the same she-bang I need on my Linux-hosted Apache server-equipped web site. Only difference between my local web site and the one on the Web, I didn't need to chmod anything in Windows. And with my software I could directly save .htaccess without Windows' squawking that I need a file name!

    I am using Ubuntu 8.04, and found Bluefish for a Web editor. Only thing I have not done is install Apache, and I see that I don't need to install Perl, because it's already here.

    I need some help with the process of routinely converting a mailto:email@example.com to &#xx;&#xx; HTML entities.

    Mailto: Obfuscator was an easy tool to use in Windows: Write the plain-text email link in the Web document, highlight it, ctrl-C, open Mailto: Obfuscator, ctrl-V, Tab, ctrl-C, return to my editor, ctrl-V.

    My highlighted string of characters was now a string of entities.

    With that protection and a list of banned spambots in my root .htaccess, I have had very little in the way of spam.

    My next hope is to find a way in my Bluefish to easily create   as I had edited my Arachnophilia 4.0 for Windows keyboard macros to use ctrl-space to create that. Its most common use in my writing is to have a double-space after ends of sentences and after colons.

    Any helpful hints will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
    Larry

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    Re: Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

    If I understood you correct, all you want to do is convert a string into HTML Entities? You could simply use an online script like

    http://snarkles.net/scripts/sneak/sneak.php

    (use google to find others)

    dracayr

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    Re: Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

    That is true, I could utilize one of many online scripts to perform my encryption, but I choose to not expose my users' email addresses to the possibility that the site I use is logging my input for its own purposes.

    So if I can find a solution that runs on my computer, I would be grateful. Otherwise, I might just take a dive into Perl and see what I can cook up!

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    Re: Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

    well if you have a server with php support, you could just download the script (there's a link at the bottom of the page). But, seriously, I don't think that there are spambots which scan your input, etc.. It's just as easy to scan for html-encoded email addresses...

    dracayr

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    Re: Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

    I think L a r r y is more concerned about the intention of the obfuscation site and the coding of it dracayr. Nice security awareness L a r r y.

    Now if you had picked almost anything but Perl I would not have minded joining you in the project. Not one of my strong points I am afraid but it really is the most secure option. Unfortunately I am also a bit of a noob at Linux programming but in Windows I would try something that intercepts the key sequences Ctrl-C Ctrl-V or T for translate and I for insert. Less keystrokes and I am sure they have something that can do a keyboard hook on these things.

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    Re: Mailto: Obfuscator for Linux?

    I have written a perl script that will turn my email addresses into &#x**; representations that can be acted on by a browser as if they were plain text, which runs in the terminal window. Work to be done to make it a little more user-friendly. If I need any further help I will open a new thread.
    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Running on:
    2.8 GHz Pentium 4 with 1.2 GiB of RAM
    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: 1GHz AMD Athlon, 512Mbytes RAM, NVIDIA Video card, 64Mbytes RAM

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