Sounds like a SciFi movie, eh? Alien mechanical menaces sporting incredible strength and intelligence, vulnerable only to precision air strikes by the world’s greatest Air Force (OK, that last part was a shameless plug).
I wish. Bots and Spiders, far from being from space, are software search/crawling routines that wander the Internet. The good ones cull sites for linking through search engines like Google, Yahoo, etc. That helps everyone.
Evil bots and spiders sold their souls to serve the spammers from Gehenna. They primarily seek email addresses on web sites, then feed them into the great spamming databases in the place of eternal junk email torment. The vile spammers then suck the life blood from your bandwidth and time by offering all kinds of, uh, personal enhancements and dream dates.
So why do you care? Everyone should avoid openly posting email addresses on blogs and websites in a usable form, i.e., as a link. If you want to pass your email address to someone, use a non-link with separators like deathbots_at_gehenna_dot_com or without the separators like “nastyspider at thepit dot com”. There are lots of other variations that will protect your email address, so be creative. Remember, though, that your intended recipient must be able to decode your clever encoding. For your own protection, just don’t post a usable link.
You’ve been warned. The bots are out there lurking, searching, never sleeping, ever culling. Do your part–don’t feed them, especially after midnight.
Posted by the ever helpful Bob Mattes, who always has your best interest at heart. Trust him. Even with your credit card. Please.