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Is Mailhide no longer supported? #221

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hodgesmr opened this Issue Apr 3, 2018 · 21 comments

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hodgesmr commented Apr 3, 2018

I noticed today that the v1 API for recpatcha had been turned off as of March 31 2018.

Now my mailhide links show a warning:

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But there's no clear way to upgrade to the v2 API. The mailhide home page still generates links that appear to use the old API.

Has mailhide been abandoned?

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DaveOzric commented Apr 11, 2018

Just spent a half hour trying to figure this out. Why is Google so confusing??

Anyone?

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gemmell commented Apr 11, 2018

Ditto. Leaves us in limbo.

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rockon999 commented Apr 18, 2018

Also affected.

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DaveOzric commented Apr 18, 2018

I signed up for this for now.
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AvalancheDesign commented Apr 18, 2018

mailhide has been discontinued :(

I've found a thread in Google Groups where Google responded to the issue: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topicsearchin/recaptcha/mailhide/recaptcha/CxzVXBI6G84

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simo1994 commented Apr 20, 2018

This is obscene. Users who protected their email behind this service don't expect their email addresses to be subsceptible to scraping, like they are now.
Either upgrade mailhide, or take it offline completely.

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MrBryan commented May 5, 2018

"AI could solve the most difficult variant of distorted text at 99.8% accuracy. That's why we decided to deprecate reCAPTCHA V1."

COME ON, second most valuable company in the world! Not a dead end here... use something more complicated than distorted text without screwing everyone relying on your service

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MrBryan commented May 5, 2018

Or just let the stupid thing continue working even if AI means some percentage of sophisticated bots will get the email rather than billions more basic ones

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stefan2904 commented May 11, 2018

The deprecation of reCAPTCHA V1 has nothing to do with the deprecation of mailhide. Google could operate mailhide using v2?

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wilk-polarny commented May 16, 2018

@stefan2904 Of course they could, but I doubt they will.

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marcelstoer commented Jun 13, 2018

Gee, wondering what it will take until Google at least considers migrating mailhide to reCAPTCHA v2.

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adamnoffie commented Jul 2, 2018

Suggested alternative: http://scr.im

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hanshuo commented Jul 18, 2018

I couldn't wait for the migration to happen. Instead, I wrote a replacement of Mailhide that uses reCAPTCHA v2: https://github.com/hanshuo/mailhide2

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eximius313 commented Jul 18, 2018

Also affected :(

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rowan-m commented Aug 1, 2018

The v1 version of the API and Mailhide are no longer supported. I've just released a new version of this library along with some examples of the different current reCAPTCHA variants on which you could build something similar to Mailhide.

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eximius313 commented Aug 1, 2018

@rowan-m could you provide url to the examples?

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simo1994 commented Aug 1, 2018

So @rowan-m -- let me understand this: Google will leave massive amounts of mail addresses unprotected on Mailhide pages instead of updating the Mailhide code to v2?
This is nonsensical. Either discontinue the service and take it offline, or update to v2. People who decided to use Mailhide don't want their email address exposed to crawlers.
I wonder how this even fits with EU GDPR, since it doesn't seem like Mailhide gives an easy option to take a Mailhide URL offline. An email address is personal data.

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eximius313 commented Aug 2, 2018

@rowan-m I can not find "Mailhide" example among the ones that you've linked. Am I missing something?

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detailyang commented Aug 19, 2018

sad. Google always close some small but beautiful thing:(

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Kasonz commented Dec 14, 2018

Hi guys, I recently published a work to provide the free service just like mailhide, you can take a look :) https://mailhide.io

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