Many years ago, a friend showed me a clever way to reduce your spam, which has now become commonplace.
When posting an email address online, instead of using a hyperlinked email address, spell out the address as though someone were reading it. So instead of Derek@NeoSprockets.com use Derek at NeoSprockets dot com.
The justification for the strategy was that Internet evil-doers scour the web looking for the [name]@[site] pattern and build large email mailing lists. Spelling out the address supposedly impedes spambots from processing your email from the Internet. Clever, I thought. I unconditionally accepted this explanation, and followed the advice to this day.
I realize now that this strategy is the Internet equivalent of holding your breath when driving past a graveyard.
Googling the following if you don’t believe me.