Hidetext turns any text into an image

hidetextSure, it’s pretty easy to turn text into an image using Photoshop or just about any other graphics program. But if you want a quick and easy way to do it without having to use any external apps, try Hidetext, now in beta. The free service isn’t designed for graphic designers. Rather, the idea behind it is that if you create graphics out of text, they become ungoogleable, and thereby can’t be indexed by Google or other search engines. This way, the theory goes, you can put any text you want on the web and have at least a modicum of privacy, since search engines won’t find it. Seems to me that a good robots.txt file, directories without links and that old chestnut htaccess would do the trick a lot more effectively, with minimal extra work. But I could see some utility in this if, for example, you want to include text in a blog posting that you’d rather not have spidered (like a list of email addresses).

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