... never hear this term before >,< ...
At the first time, some plurker set their status about Computer Security, especially their homework's topic. Hmmmmmm, I don't care~e~e~e~e~eee.... (singing 2NE1's song).
People always do like this: ask first before learning. Bad habit..
Then somebody chatted and asked about email obfuscator and i started to find out what is the meaning of that term. These are some explanation about that:
email : electronic mail, bla bla bla....
obfuscate : make unclear
email obfuscator : is tool for webmasters that obfuscates e-mail addresses that you enter, making them less vulnerable to spammers who use e-mail harvesting software, also called spam-bots
[tried some online email obfuscator (google keyword : "email obfuscator")]
~Ahaaa~ i got it.. It is like encode-decode or encrypt-decrypt theory. Usually, email obfuscator is generate into:
** ASCII representation -- i couldn't find the right pattern, aaaaarrrrgh....
** Unicode representation -- simple one
** any others?
Let's analyze this experiment :D
email address : email@example.com
obfuscated email :
>> '\u006c' == 'l'
>> '\u0065' == 'e'
>> '\u0040' == '@'
Yap yap yap, 'firstname.lastname@example.org' generated into obfuscated email address.
Then, what? Is this experiment could explain the real function???
(i love "then, what?" moment, ha3..)
Remember about spam-bots..
They catch email address from the source code, but they couldn't (or not yet) detect those real email address, because its generated into obfuscated one.
How about the user itself?
~Tadaaa~ we still get the right email address : email@example.com
Email obfuscator is trickier then spam-bots, right?