Email Protector

Safely cloak email addresses in Joomla!

  • Last updated: 06 Jun 2019
  • Version: 4.3.2
  • Type: System plugin
  • Joomla rating: 100%

Tutorial for Email Protector


Email Protector cloaks email addresses in your Joomla! website, making them unreadable for spambots.

Email Protector is a replacement for the Joomla! core email cloaking plugin.

The core email cloaking plugin has a couple of issues and shortcomings.
Email Protector solves 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 adresses in your entire website. So also in modules 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, leave it like that.


Mode Select how email addresses will be displayed.

Options: Non-linkable Text, As linkable mailto address, Leave as is
Display emails as Select how to display the emails to the viewer. This does not provide extra protection. It is only to match your visual preference.

Options: , email [AT] domain [DOT] com
Protect in feeds Select if Email Protector should replace email addresses in feeds with a custom text.

Options: No, email [AT] domain [DOT] com, Use a custom text
Feeds text The string Email Protector replaces email addresses with in feeds. This can also be a language string.
Protect in JavaScript If selected, Email Protector will try to break up the email addresses found in inline javascript code. Disable this feature if this causes javascripts to fail.


You can either install Email Protector by using the core extension manager available in the Joomla! Administrator Control Panel, or by using the powerful Regular Labs Extension Manager.

Note: When updating Email Protector, you do not need to uninstall it first. The package will update all the files automatically.

Keep in mind that when you update to a major new version (or uninstall first), you might lose some configuration settings.

Regular Labs Extension Manager

It is very easy to install/update any Regular Labs Extension using the Regular Labs Extension Manager.

Please see the Tutorial for the Regular Labs Extension Manager for more detailed information...

Joomla! Extension Manager

To install via the Joomla! Extension Manager, just follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Joomla administrator;
  2. In the menu, choose: Extensions >> Extensions;
  3. Choose the tab: Install from Web (or enable it if you haven't done so yet);
  4. Select the search field and enter Email Protector and hit enter;
  5. Click on the Email Protector listing;
  6. Click on Install;
  7. Click on Install to confirm.
Installer Web

Or if cannot install via the 'Install via Web' method for some reason:

  1. Download the extension install file (.zip);
  2. Log into your Joomla administrator;
  3. In the menu, choose: Extensions >> Extensions;
  4. Choose the tab: Upload Package File;
  5. Click on the Choose File button and select the extension zip;
  6. Click on Upload & Install.
Installer Upload

If you have problems installing Email Protector, please try the manual installation process as described here: