emailprotector Email Protector

Safely cloak email addresses in Joomla!

  • Last updated: 26 Sep 2020
  • Version: 4.5.0
  • Type: System plugin
  • Joomla rating: 100%

Regular Labs Email Protector is a Joomla! system plugin that cloaks email addresses in your Joomla! website, making them unreadable for spambots.

Email Protector is a replacement for the Joomla! core email cloaking plugin, and it's completely free.

With this plugin, email addresses are cloaked in a safer and more stable way compared to the core plugin. Also, Email Protector takes effect across the entire website, as opposed to the core plugin which only cloaks email addresses inside articles content.

The core "Email Cloaking" plugin has a couple of issues and shortcomings. Email Protector by Regular Labs, instead, solves all of these issues:

No more javascript issues

The core email cloaking plugin uses the javascript document.write() method, which is outdated and can cause issues with other javascripts.
It also relies solely on javascript to cloak the email addresses, which means that if the javascript fails for whatever reason, you cannot see the email address at all.

Email Protector cloaks the email addresses in a different manner which solves this issue.
It uses both CSS and javascript to cloak the email addresses. When javascript fails to load, it will still display the email address to the visitor, but in a cloaked manner.

Not only in articles

The core email cloaking plugin is a content plugin. This means it only works in articles and content that is specifically passed through the content plugins. As a result this often means that email addresses in modules and 3rd party extensions are not cloaked.

Email Protector is a system plugin and is written in a way that it will cloak email addresses anywhere in your entire website - so also in modules, components and 3rd party extensions.

Leave it like it is

The core email cloaking plugin has the option to convert all email addresses to mailto links or display them as plain text.

Email Protector has an extra (default) setting to leave the email addresses as you create them in the content.
So if the email address is a mailto link, it leaves it as a link. And when it is only text, it will leave it like that.

Feature Comparison

Email Protector by Regular Labs offers several advantages compared to the Joomla core "Email Cloaking" plugin.

Here is a table that compares the features of the core plugin with Email Protector:

 Core PluginEmail Protector
 Included in JoomlaFREE
Cloak email addresses inside articles Yes Yes
Option to display email addresses as mailto links or as plain text Yes Yes
Cloak email addresses inside modules, 3rd party components and template overrides No Yes
Option to display email addresses as they were originally entered No Yes
Cloaking when javascript fails or is disabled No Yes
Option to ignore email addresses in feeds No Yes
Option to ignore email addresses in PDFs No Yes
Option to ignore email addresses in Javascript No Yes
Get fast support to the extension via the Support forum No Yes
 Core PluginEmail Protector
 Included in JoomlaFREE

See the full documentation and watch the videos to find out more...