Your CV might expose you to spam!
Thread poster: Jaroslaw Michalak

Jaroslaw Michalak  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 00:35
Member (2004)
English to Polish
Aug 10, 2007

For some time the amount of spam I have received somewhat increased. What is worse, it was directed to my ProZ email address, which I found surprising as it was not published anywhere.

Or so I thought. It turns out that the Google search engine now indexes CVs placed on ProZ (which, I am pretty sure, it was not doing some time ago, as I checked it several times). While this in itself might be positive, as it gives you more exposure, you have to make sure that it does not contain any sensitive information. I've learned it the hard way - as my address is already compromised, I will probably get more and more spam...


 

Vadim Poguliaev  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 01:35
English to Russian
well-known issue Aug 10, 2007

Just remove @ from your email address, replace it with {} or [] - whatever.
Potential customer will understand, spam robot won't.


 

Ingles
Portuguese to English
Thank you for the heads up Aug 10, 2007

I just went in to my profile and removed the ampersand. As someone just becomming familiar with ProZ - these Q/A exchanges are a tremendous help.

 

Mike Hunter
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:35
Member
English to Flemish
+ ...
risk from published e-mail addresses Aug 10, 2007

I think another approach is to use different e-mail addresses in different places, then you can monitor sources of spam, and change the e-mail address if necessary.

Nothing beats a good spam filter. As an agency we risk receiving unwanted e-mail as its a fact of life that we have to have published e-mail addresses. A way round this could be to use a company that processes mail for you, but this could be expensive for freelancers.

Hope this helps.

Regards

Mike
betterlanguages.com


 

Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:35
Member (2004)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Use graphical text Aug 10, 2007

Put your e-mail in your CV and your web site as a graphic. So far, the search engines don't seem to be resorting to OCR.

 

John Jory  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:35
Member (2004)
English to German
+ ...
Here's another link Aug 12, 2007

http://www.proz.com/post/128066

I have used a Java script in my website to hide my e-mail address. It works a treat.

My attempt to post it here has failed.

HTH John

[Edited at 2007-08-12 11:08]

[Edited at 2007-08-12 11:10]


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 00:35
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
+ ...
Munging Aug 12, 2007

Jabberwock wrote:
While this in itself might be positive, as it gives you more exposure, you have to make sure that it does not contain any sensitive information.


I munge my e-mail address on my web site and on the résumés I post online.


 


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