One of the annoying things about some jobs is that random people need to be able to email you, meaning that your email needs to be out on the web — No, not me, but you'll note I have my email address on the sidebar anyway.
This almost automatically generates a lot of spam, as harvester programs search your HTML source and look for the mailto: links.
There are ways to hide email addresses from programs, as a look at the source code for this page will show. Depending on how
- Simple (From Tim Williams)
- Better (Also from Tim Williams)
- Still Better (Andrew Moulden's modification of the above code
Note that I've not labeled any of these best, and I don't claim they will work against every possible harvester, but it should help. You'll probably also be better off starting with a brand-new email address. And, of course, making sure that everyone who puts your email in his address book uses Linux.