One of the tactics of spammers is to send a spider out into the internet to harvest email address from webpages. That????s why you should never ever enter your full email address for display on a webpage - a spider could harvest it.

Some people have resorted to typing down the abbreviated versions of the email addresses, like for an example, I would type mine as hell_flurry [AT] yahoo [DOT] com

This website offers you an even more elegant solution. Just key in your id, choose an email provider and it will generate a pretty cool icon for you .

http://www.nhacks.com/email/

Gmail icon generator:
http://gizmo967.mgs3.org/Gmail