Tis the season…
Posted on 21 Dec ’11 by Earl
It seems to be the season for SPAM — not the meat product. I’ve noticed SPAM comment attempts at an all time high at Meandering Passage, as you can see in the graphs below, but so far I don’t believe any of these comments have made it through my multi-layer defenses. I know, I just jinxed myself.
I use three different methods for SPAM prevention on Meandering Passage:
> My outer defense is the Bad Behavior WordPress plug-in which denies many automated spambots access, according to it’s stats it’s denied over 8600 attempted connections in the last week. But some still get around this.
> Next, I use the Akismet Anti-Spam WordPress plug-in to filter out/block SPAM comments. You can see the graphs of SPAM comment attempts below — the last several years and the last six months.
> Finally I have WordPress set so I have to manually approve the first comment by any new commenter — this uses the unique IP address to determine the commenter ID. A very few, less then five this year, have made it to this last checkpoint and when they do I mark them as SPAM.
Anyone seeing this same increase of SPAM and have you got a better way to handle it?