Misc.

Spammers Gotta Spam

DANGER WILL ROBINSON, DANGER!

It happens to us all, we get comments spam and weird people ‘Liking’ our posts with strange web and email addresses, driving us all crazy. It’s happened to me again, just this week.

Thankfully, there are remedies to these kinds of people trying to infiltrate our blogs, some of them as simple as installing a plugin (if you use WordPress) called AKISMET, which, once activated, blocks 90% of comments spam.

You can also “block” people’s IP / email / and web address by going to settings – discussions in your sidebar, and looking for the relevant section. Just enter either their email address, URL or IP address (if you have it) and they will no longer be able to comment.

Getting rid of these people from the ‘LIKES’ section on individual posts, however, is more problematic. WordPress does not provide a way to erase these fake likes, nor block them. You can report their website, as I have done. Also, if they have a GRAVATAR account, you can lodge a complaint with them too.

As of writing this post, as I just checked, I found that this spammer has had their fake wordpress site taken down, and been blocked. So maybe I wasn’t the only one who complained.

FYI, just in case, you can find helpful articles HERE and HERE.

6 Comments

  1. I get spam daily but always on one particular post. Wonder why!
    I don’t have any plugins installed but the spam doesn’t really bother me. I check and clear them daily.

    • Yeah, I get that on a couple of posts, which is kind of weird. But glad to hear you are not inundated. I just use the plugin to get rid of the worst and do daily maintenance every day for the stuff that gets through as well. 😀

  2. A saw some bloggers collecting the best / funniest spams. Some are hilarious.
    I personally never received anything funny. Two of them were “recruitment to the illuminati” 😀 😀

    • Oh, I know, in Gmail some can be hilarious, others downright offensive. But they’re usually selling something when you get them in the comments. All that effort just to be deleted. So I guess someone, somewhere, clicks on their links otherwise they wouldn’t keep going.

      Hey, I just might be the idiot to click on the link to sign up for the Illuminati. 😉

  3. Having a husband working in IT Security, the first steps I took while setting up the blog was protecting it and deflecting spams with …Akismet! LOL
    The same to open a mail account her recommended Gmail and compared with friends working with other email “providers” they are pretty goods avoiding spammers!

    • That was one of the first plugins I installed, Sophie. It’s been a godsend. But just these last couple of weeks, I had someone doing spam in the ‘likes’. I always check who has liked a post so I can go to their website, and hopefully, find a new blog to visit. But this one turned out to redirect to an eBay account, so not polite!

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