One such element of internet operations was the concept that "robots" were constantly searching sites and pages, harvesting information, and using them for "evil" (or how it was described to me at the time).
Aside from protecting yourself and your WhoIs data, the specific problem with including an email link on a page could get you a lot of unwanted attention/spam. For this, alternate methods were required, and off I searched for an encoder to keep my email safe. After consulting my constituents in the world of programming and back-end development, they had some strong opinions regarding best-use and applications of encoders.
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They ultimately led me to the Hivelogic Enkoder. I needed something simple, quick to generate, and easy to apply to basic webpages for clients and myself. This was perfect. It only takes a minute or two to fill out the form, and voila, you have your code to embed in the page. It even allows the options for email subject line, and hover text for the link itself.
Simple for you, and hard for bots.