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How To Blacklist Spammers And Intruders From Invading Your Blog

May 31, 2012 | By Adrienne Smith

Block Spammers And Intruders

I was reading Sonia Winland’s post the other day over at LogAllot.com and she was sharing with us a plug-in she has been using for the past six months to ban spammers from her blog.

She put together a terrific video walking us through exactly how she’s got this set up and what to do.  The way this plug-in works, it actually blocks their IP addresses.

My comment to Sonia was that I don’t use a plug-in but I actually blacklist spammers from my blog through my dashboard.  Plus, those who are trying to hack into my blog, I ban those intruders IP’s through my hosting service.

She wasn’t aware of either of these methods and asked if I wouldn’t mind sharing how to implement both these techniques in a post.  So tada…

For your viewing pleasure!

Links Mentioned In Video

LogAllot.com

CommentLuv Premium

Limited Login Attempts 

I hope you found this post and video helpful.  If you have any questions about any of this or you have more suggestions that might help us better then what I’ve been doing I’d love to hear all about them. You know me guys, I’m always willing to learn anything that may improve upon what I’m already doing.

Now if you enjoyed this post then be sure to comment below because I’m not bashful.  I’ll ask that you share your thoughts and opinions with me.  I would also appreciate you sharing this post with all your friends and followers.  It just may help them as well.

Thank you again!

 

 

 

 


Business Developer
Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

 

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1 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM

What a timely post, Adrienne, considering my blog was hacked a few months ago. Being hacked is one of those things that we all fear but often don’t really think much about until it happens to us. Before I was hacked I used all the security precautions I knew and left it at that. I thought surely no one would want to hack my little fledgling blog, right? Wrong!

I look forward to digging in to the video when I have time later tonight. Thanks for sharing more website administration wisdom with us!

Have a grateful day!

Chrysta

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2 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Good morning Chrysta!

Oh no, I’m so sorry that happened to you. And you had all the security measures in place as well. Wow, that’s horrible…

This video is mostly for blocking spammers and not as much hackers but there is a tip on how to prevent those who have already tried from doing it again. I know, it’s never ending.

Thanks Chrysta, you have a wonderful day.

~Adrienne

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3 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Thanks for the clarification, Adrienne! Well, hackers and spammers are both a nuisance and both can temporarily interrupt an otherwise quality blog. Either way I’ll be glad for some additional tips & tricks to keep them away!

Happy Thursday!

Chrysta

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4 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:44 AM

My pleasure Chrysta and you’re right, they are both huge nuisances… Anything we can do to prevent them from bothering us, I’m in.

You have a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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5 Mayura
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I always appreciate every attempt of kicking off spammers :) Since Barry Wells wrote about it and helped me remove all my spammy comments I’ve approved unwittingly, I’m really exhilarated of being spam free. That’s why I’ve changed my comment platform to Disqus as I’m on Blogger. You know what, after removing spammy comments, the fake traffic I was getting is now down to 0. As my conclusion, fake traffic was generated by spammy comments. Now I have none of it.

Lately I’ve seen the great video of blocking spammies using IP address at Sonia’s place and now on yours about blacklisting ‘em :) Glad you come up with a video. You know, I’m not on WordPress but I hope WordPress fans will really love to know this stuff.

Let’s say “Bye Bye Spammers” ;)

Cheers…

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Hey Mayura,

When you put certain measures into place Mayura you can cut back on a lot of spammy comments. But you’re still going to have a few people who are slipping through because they are becoming a little wiser. Just happy to hear that you’ve gotten rid of all of it for now. Yey!

As you know, Sonia wanted to know how I was doing this without using a plug-in but less is best. Maybe some day you’ll come over to WordPress.

Thanks for the comment Mayura and you have a wonderful day!

~Adrienne :-)

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7 Mayura
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Absolutely Adrienne :) Removing older spammy comments doesn’t mean that I’m safe from now. I’m getting them over and over. And some are trying to be more smarter. But now automatic spam protection take care of most of ‘em. Next time if a spammer gonna evade from filtering, let’s challenge him face-to-face. Roger that Adrienne? ;) The Game is ON…

You have done a great job with your video, no doubt about that (Even my friends appreciating me for sharing) and I’m not wondering why Sonia request you to.

You have a wonderful day too dear :)

Cheers…

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8 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Nope, removing them is one thing and that won’t prevent them from coming back. Maybe it’s time for you to consider coming over to a self hosted WordPress blog. You can cut down on a lot of that.

I don’t waste my time with people who are dishonest or here for the wrong reasons Mayura. Spammers do nothing but waste my time.

Thanks again and glad Sonia brought this up. See, a new post was born.

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9 Ryan Biddulph May 31, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Good stuff! Any anti-spamming post vibes with me.

As we gain more blog traffic spamming becomes a massive issue. So much time spent getting rid of the low energy stuff.

Using effective tactics helps us release on the energy drain, moving our attention to high energy, value-producing activities.

Thanks for sharing!

Ryan

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10 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Hey Ryan,

Good to hear that, anything we can do to cut that down I’m all in.

You are right, they seem to increase as our popularity does. The more methods we can implement to cut back on this the better. I’m all for no energy draining over here my friend. ;-)

Thanks Ryan and you have a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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11 Peter May 31, 2012 at 8:42 AM

I’m not entirely sure if blocking IP addresses (in your cPanel) is the way to go, because a lot of the IP addresses change every day – for example, if you use a DSL connection to connect to the Internet, then it’s highly likely that you get a new IP address every day.

So if you block an IP address from a spammer it might just work for a day, and then the next day he has a different one. And the IP address that he used to try to hack you gets randomly assigned to another person the next day, and now that person wonders why she can’t access your site.

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12 Peter May 31, 2012 at 8:50 AM

And I hope I didn’t sound too negative, it’s just that spammers are a real hassle! Thanks for the tip with the Limited Login Attempts plugin, I think that’s a good one. :)

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13 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Oh no, I understand what you’re saying. Ashvini had said something similar over at Sonia’s blog but in my opinion, I’m not going to block your IP if you’re a spammer but if you’re trying to hack into my blog, I have no sympathy for you whatsoever. If someone else legitimate comes along and gets that same IP address, I’m just sorry. Hey, we do what we can do right Peter! :-)

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14 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I don’t believe you’re right on that one Peter because I have a DSL connection and my IP address remains the same. I have no doubt that those people who are savvy enough to get around things will continue to find other methods but I’ll just continue to do what I can as well.

All I can say is oh well. Anyone who tries to hack into my blog deserves what they get. If that IP address gets reassigned to someone who is legitimate, I feel for them. Maybe they should find other ways to work online. That’s not my area of expertise but I’m going to continue doing what I can.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts though. That’s good to know.

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15 Jamella Biegel
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I am looking forward to checking out your video later on today. I’ve been getting spam comments on my blog. I simply don’t publish them. It would be great to be able to block them early on. Thanks once again for providing helpful information.

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16 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Hey Jamella,

I know my video will help for that then so you enjoy your day and check it out when you get home.

Let’s get rid of as much spam as we can! :-)

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17 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Thanks for this Adrienne,

This is very serious subject matter and I really need to look into it. I have a buch of spammers who have registered to my blog, and at first I didn’t even know what it was. I need to delete them all and it’s going to take me hours as I have over 2000 of them.

I will look at that plugin and video very closely to make sure my blogs are protected. It’s so sad that the internet have now its own criminals now. We really need to fight back.

Thanks for this great tip, Adrienne :)

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18 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Wow Sylviane you have over 2000 you need to delete! Dang girl, I feel for you. I know that’s going to be rather time consuming but just think how clean your blog will be after that and from this day forward you know better. We all started out like that approving comments we didn’t realize were spam. I sure did.

Just check it out when you get home and see if this will help you any.

Have a great day! ;-)

~Adrienne

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19 Chris
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

For fighting with spammers I use Select Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin + CommentLuv. Some times ago I used AKISMET.
Thanks for sharing, Adrienne,
BR, Chris

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20 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

That’s a great plug-in, I use it too. Unfortunately, some people who comment aren’t caught as spam because they do leave a legitimate comment. I’ve just found that the majority of time it doesn’t pertain to what I shared and they’ve left the same one all over the place. I guess we’ll never get to cut that stuff out entirely.

Thanks for stopping by Chris and for sharing that with me.

~Adrienne

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21 Chris
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Hi Adrienne,
fighting with spam is neverending story… Except automatic spam we have also a lot of manual spammers…
BR, Chris

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The manual spammers are the ones I’m more interested in for this particular case. They’ll eventually learn their comments won’t be by over at my place. :-)

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23 Deeone Higgs
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Awesome information here, Adrienne!

I love the blacklist idea… I’ve been getting a few spammers lately. Spam has caught many of them, but a few of them somehow make it through so that they appear to be pending. So, I will be adding some emails today, for sure.

I also like the plug-in you’ve shared here with us. To be honest with you, I’ve never considered someone actually trying to hack into my dashboard, but reading through your comments here from some of your readers, I see that it’s quite possible for it to happen.

Thanks for the tips… and to Sonia for inspiring this post. ;)

Have a great day, my friend. :)

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Thank you Deeone!

You know, the more popular your blog becomes the more annoying all of this spam can be. Especially those who are just coming to your blog for he backlinks and they’re doing their best to make the comments somewhat legit. I don’t even mess with them anymore, I blacklist them so they go straight to spam.

I didn’t think about it much either Deeone, someone trying to hack into my blog. I changed it from admin quite awhile ago and my password isn’t something I think people will be able to figure out. But just to make sure I installed that plug-in and was shocked at the number of attempts that I receive almost daily. I’m doing all I know how to do and I don’t want to be another statistic.

Glad you enjoyed these tips and it’s always a pleasure to see you. You have a great day okay!

~Adrienne

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25 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Would you believe the nerve of some people? I was shocked to learn that you had so many hack attempts. Thanks for sharing this awesome information and the step-by-step tutorial how to do it with us! I’ll make sure to follow suit.

All the best,
Ilka

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26 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Hey Ilka,

I know, imagine that. The nerve!

I watched a webinar with a guy some time back who use to be a hacker and he explained why “some” people hack into other’s sites. Not all of them do it to reek havoc but to gain viability. I thought to myself, what a dishonest attempt to get yourself out there more. To me it doesn’t matter why you do it, it’s still just plain wrong.

I was shocked too Ilka of all the people trying to hack into my blog. I just feel so very blessed that up to this point they haven’t succeeded and every time I hear someone’s horror story I just continue to feel more blessed. Just trying to take a few precautionary measures is always a good thing.

Glad you found this helpful and you have a good day okay!

~Adrienne

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27 Sunil Prajapat
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

yeah i can say spammers are just pain in everyones head and wen it comes hacking it is fealt when someone has gone through it. i generally avoid using any plugins to secure my blog. but this post is kind of what i was looking for. the video is just great Adrienne, loved watching it and learnt something new today.

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28 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 10:18 AM

To me it’s like they broke into my car or my home. You feel so invaded because this property belongs to you and no one else. It’s just plain wrong Sunil.

Wow, you’re brave because I hear a lot of them really work. For instance this limited login attempts. You’ve seen how many have tried getting into mine so I must be doing something right. Glad you’re considering using at least one now.

Thank you for sharing that Sunil and you have a wonderful day okay!

~Adrienne

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29 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Loved the info Adrienne!

This surely is a very important information you shared through the video that is going to help many.

I also don’t use any plugin for getting rid of spammers, but spam their comments and the spammers from my dashboard itself. And yes, Andy has done a wonderful job of putting in the GASP feature within the CommentLuv plugin, which makes it easier for all of us to take care of spam.

The Limit Login Attempts plugin is indeed wonderful and something that I also use because of the hackers who try to get into my blog! But yes, I don’t really like the number of emails that keep coming in whenever someone tries to login.

I guess there is no better option other than to blacklist spammers and those who do try to hack your blog, so that they really stop trying to do things they shouldn’t

Thanks for sharing about yet another important piece of information with all of us. :)

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Thank you Harleena, I’m so happy to hear that.

Wow, so you don’t get a lot of spam. That’s great Harleena because a lot of blogs are just overrun by it. I use to be but this plug-in catches them all and the majority of it never hits my site. You still have those few that do their best though.

Glad to hear you use the Limited Login Attempts plugin and I hope you’re received some great results from this as well. It’s never fun seeing how many people have attempted to access your site.

I appreciate you sharing that with me Harleena and thanks again. I always enjoy hearing what you have to share.

Enjoy your weekend okay!

~Adrienne :-)

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31 Jack
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Nice job. I think you have given some very good tips here. I use limited login and I am pretty sure that you were the person that introduced me to them.

When it comes to IP addresses there is a difference between static and dynamic. If I remember correctly a static IP stays the same throughout whereas a dynamic can change on a regular basis.

I hadn’t thought about blacklisting email addresses, but I like that. Won’t stop everyone but it certainly can’t hurt and it is easy to do.

A short while back I received so much spam that I moved back to Livefyre. That was before Andy’s latest security update. I like what he did there and I think it should help.

I also added Sucuri Security. It is a service that you pay for to help protect your site against malware and hacking and I added Vaultpress to back up my blog.

Not everyone wants or can afford to pay for these services but like you said our blogs are like our homes and when something happens to them it is a real invasion of privacy.

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32 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Hi Jack,

I sure hope so because these spammers can be a royal pain at times.

Yeah, Ashvini explained more about IP addresses in a comment on Sonia’s blog and I know that a lot of legitimate people use dynamic and proxy addresses. All I can say is if someone is trying to hack into my blog, sorry for all those others who get in the way. ;-)

Andy’s update really helped. You can set it to where they have to be on your site for a certain length of time, they have to type so many words into your comment and they have to put in so many keystrokes which means no copy and pasting comments. They’ll get a warning and some won’t be allowed to comment period. He’s continuously updating it to make it even better.

Thanks for sharing those services Jack, I’ve heard of Vaultpress but not Sucuri Security. I’m sure for some it’s definitely a great idea. No one wants their home broken into, I certainly don’t.

Enjoy your day Jack and thanks again for your comment.

~Adrienne

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33 Jayne Kopp
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Hey Adrienne, WOW…what a horrendous number of people trying to hack into your blog. Is that not the most amazing thing?

Get a life people…obviously far too much time on their hands. Would have never imagined.

Well… I’m getting on that one… although I do have a similar plugin to lockdown my blog after a couple of attempts… which is better than nothing for sure.

After a good little break and getting caught up on just about everything Adrienne… I’m ready to get back to it in full force…. so I’ll be seeing you around the blogosphere more often.

Thanks Adrienne, you’re a star!

Jayne

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34 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I know Jayne, can you believe! I’ve only had that plug-in a few months too, not really that long. I just don’t understand I guess why they feel the need to hurt people like that because no matter which way you look at it, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Yeah, if you have something that will lock down your site that’s good. And if you know who is trying to do that then you can blacklist them from coming back around. Okay, using that IP address. I think that some of those hackers will just move on to an easier target. At least I sure hope so.

So glad you had a break Jayne and have gotten caught up on some things. That’s great to know. I look forward to seeing you around more and visiting your place with some updated content. As a matter of fact, I’ll be heading by there later.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me. It’s always appreciated.

~Adrienne

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35 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Of course, Sonia is smart like that too……..

My ‘free’ WordPress site seems to catch them all. I don’t know if it has been my topics or visitors, but I sure have been getting a lot of spam as I see them in the spam catcher. If I let them all through, my ‘numbers’ would be off the chart………:).

Thanks for sharing.

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36 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I agree Bill, Sonia is very good at sharing this type of information as well.

I know for me if I don’t have a plug-in to catch my spam oh my goodness Bill. I literally have hundreds of spam comments and I mean hundreds. I first got Akismet and although it caught all of that unwanted spam, it also caught some legitimate comments as well. I got rid of that one and now only use GASP through CommentLuv Premium and I have very few spam at all.

Now the people who are leaving me comments yet not following any of my rules are still doing their best to slip through the cracks. That’s why I still hold those new comments for my approval because I don’t want them showing up at my place for even a few hours as something I would approve.

Hey, I’m just saying.

Thanks for sharing that Bill and you have a great day you hear!

~Adrienne

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37 Ehsan
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I’m currently using some WP plugins to put viruses away from my blog but never thought of blacklisting the spammers from my blog. Thanks for the video Adrienne.

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38 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I have other programs for those viruses but some spammers can just be annoying.

Glad to hear that this video was helpful.

Thanks for sharing that.

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39 Ehsan
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Addriene can you tell me which method do you use for those viruses? Because my blog hacked 2 times.

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40 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I think you’re looking for a different term then viruses. I have some protection software on my computer Ehsan but that has nothing to do with preventing hackers from hacking my blog. Are you asking which plug-ins I use?

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41 Ken Pickard
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Adrienne,

Love this…community at it’s finest. The mastermind is in effect even when going through blog posts. When I upgraded to comment luv premium and started using their line of plugins to limit spam, it was like the clouds parted and the flood waters resided.

I do have to look into the process you outlined. As far as plugins go less is more. But there are some great ones out there that we can not do without. and anything that removes spam…or attempts to is good.

I do have to laugh when I see a few questionable comments pop through. There’s an age old question. Can you build the perfect mouse trap?

Ken

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42 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Hey Ken,

Ah thanks, I appreciate that!

I had the same experience and I just don’t have a lot of spam anymore. I do have those who want those backlinks which is why I just cut them off at their knees. ;-)

You’re right, less is best Ken I agree.

If you come up with a great mouse trap you better be writing about it. We’ll all want in on that.

~Adrienne

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43 Dr. Erica Goodstone May 31, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Adrienne,

Great video and blog post. Thank you for sharing this important information. I have one email address that gets repeated spammers, even though I mark them as spam. I will check out my cpanel and see if I can block their Ip’s.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

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44 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Hi Dr. Erica,

Thanks for visiting my blog today and so glad you found this helpful. Those nasty old spammers can be rather annoying at times can’t they? By using this trick and blacklisting their email address that ought to do the trick. You can definitely block their IP through your cPanel so give that one a whirl.

Hope they vanish forever! ;-)

Thanks for your comment.

~Adrienne

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45 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I haven’t watched Sonia’s video at her blog yet, I ended up here instead (I’ll visit her blog very soon) :)

I haven’t blacklisted spammers. I use CommentLuv premium and I don’t have a lot of problems with spam, at least not at the moment.

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Sonia shared the plug-in she was using to resolve her spam problem and wasn’t aware Jens that you could just blacklist them through their email. That’s really the main difference plus I threw in for good measures how to block IP addresses from those pesky people who are trying to do your blog harm.

I don’t have a lot of problems with spammers either Jens but I do have some people who show up on my blog time and time again looking for those backlinks and not leaving a decent comment. Yep, they’ve got to go. :-)

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47 Angel
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Thanks Adrienne,
I have already done everything you said in the video, the bluehost security thing included.

Warmly,
Angel

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48 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

You are most welcome Angel and I’m so happy to hear that. Man, you do catch on quickly! Bravo my friend.

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49 Carolyn
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Hi Adrienne, As I said on Barry’s blog, I have been using Stop Spammer’s Registration. That’s a big help, but I’ve also blacklisted people with that plugin.

Today I was having some problems with some posts and Bluehost told me that my blog had been hacked. Ashvini to the rescue (again) who figured out it was my social sharing plugin that was causing the problem. I deleted it and my problem was instantly solved. I’m back to Socialize, even though it doesn’t have Buffer or Pinterest buttons.

I wish spammers would go far, far away. Another planet, perhaps?

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50 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I’ve never heard of that plug-in Carolyn. I don’t really have a lot of spammers, not anymore but an occasional person wanting those backlinks without a decent comment.

Wow, your new one has already been hacked! Weren’t you using Digg Digg? So much for some of those huh? So glad Ashvini was able to help you again. He’s such a doll. Maybe they’ll step up and with a new update will include those two buttons. Hey, maybe you should visit their site and request those. Couldn’t hurt.

Yeah, don’t we all.

Thanks Carolyn and glad everything is good once again.

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51 Carolyn
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Hi Adrienne, Actually I wasn’t hacked at all, that’s just what Bluehost told me. Ashvini figured out that it was a plugin and which one it was. Thank goodness for him, right?

Digg Digg won’t work with my new Thesis/Chronicl theme/skin. I tried it again after I had to delete my other plugin but it’s still not working.

Great idea to request those with Socialize. They also could use a Facebook Like button, but I’m happy that they at least have a Facebook Share button!

For me there isn’t an ideal social sharing plugin yet.

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52 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Well that’s great to know because that would have made me very nervous. I’m surprised that Bluehost would tell you that because most of the service guys that I’ve spoken with were able to figure out what plug-in wasn’t working for me. But Ashvini to the rescue right!

I know that some themes aren’t compatible with some plug-ins so it seems this is the case with yours. Bummer, I hate that! You probably hate it more though.

I know you can go to their site, don’t remember how Socialize is, but they usually have a place for comments. Just request that because it certainly can’t hurt.

I don’t have an ideal one either. What I would love it for us to be able to create one ourselves. Something like Socialize but be able to pick the box it goes in as well as the social buttons we want to add. Now that would be a cool plug-in. Any takers out there!!! ;-)

Have a great weekend Carolyn and I’m so happy to hear that it wasn’t hacked.

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53 Carolyn
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thanks, Adrienne, I’m glad I wasn’t hacked either. I just added Limited Login based on the comments here. The idea of getting hacked this week was very scary so I want to protect myself as much as possible!

Have a great weekend, Adrienne!

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54 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed Carolyn and I’m sure you have your username changed to something other than admin. I know that Ashvini has probably helped you in that respect.

You have a great weekend as well. I’m going to do my best.

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55 Carolyn
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Actually, I never used admin for The Wonder of Tech. That account was deleted.

And Ashvini is amazing and wonderful, but I handled that task all by myself! :-D

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56 Cat Alexandra
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Hi Adrienne,

What a fantastic tutorial! You really got in there and showed us how to protect ourselves here! I have been using both GASP (as a part of my CommentLuv Premium plugin) and also Limit Login Attempts (which I believe I had also taken as your recommendation from another post).

I’m pleased to report that using these 2 plugins has given me much peace of mind about my blog! And really, they’re a cinch to use once you get em going.

I concur that there’s a need for this info nowadays with so many people turning to the internet as a means to run a business or share their hobbies!

To anyone who is on the “fence” considering whether CommentLuv Premium is worth the investment, I say yes! To date it has been THE most effective and loved of my paid plugins for my blog. GASP is one of many reasons that it is such a cool offering, but it’s just the tip of a very cool iceburg! lol

Awesome job on this one, Adrienne! Sharing widely!!

Cat :D

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57 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
May 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Hi Cat,

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

Bravo to you for having them both, I know you’re a big CommentLuv Premium lover as well. I mean it’s a great free plug-in too but the way Andy has combined all of these together and the means he goes to to continue to improve the GASP from spammers. I mean my goodness. I’m thrilled to have this one on my side for sure.

So happy to hear that you don’t have that much spam these days and I’m happy that I don’t either. I’ll still get some pesky people that won’t give up so that’s when I take these measures.

Thanks for that kuddos to CommentLuv Premium and just happy that all is working well for you. Just what I love hearing.

You have a beautiful end to your week and enjoy your weekend young lady. See you around!

~Adrienne

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58 Sonia
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Hey Adrienne, thank you so much for sharing that and adding the other plugins you use to help keep spammers off your blog. I use a hosting company with the same cpanel and it helped seeing where to go. I know this will help keep unwanted culprits off my site and I can help others I know with the same information. I will be sure to pass this post around. Thanks for the plug too!

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59 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hey Sonia,

Glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful. I’m sure others will as well that aren’t familiar with how to go about keeping this culprits away.

You have a great day okay and thanks for suggesting I do this post! ;-)

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60 Sue Price
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Hi Adrienne
Wow thanks for this. I had no idea you could black list in WordPress. I now have the limit logins that you suggested to me before and I have the log in address changed.
I cannot believe all these spammers out there and more than that the hackers! Why can’t they put their talents to something constructive?

Have a nice weekend (it is Friday here :-))

Sue

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61 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Hi Sue,

Oh yes, it’s a great method I’ve been using for quite some time as you could tell in the video. I was doing that before I found any decent plug-ins that would stop the majority of them. Now I just have pesky people who are looking for backlinks.

I’m happy to hear that you changed your admin log-in, you and I have had this conversation. It really does help although I’m sure it’s like any thief. If they want in bad enough, they’ll find a way. I learned that when my car was broken into twice many years back. I took all the precautions but it didn’t stop them.

You’re right, I wish they would put their talents to doing good things instead.

You enjoy your weekend because it’s now Saturday for you!

Thanks Sue!

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62 Tim Bonner
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 3:43 AM

Hi Adrienne.

Wow, thanks for this. I guess I was being a bit naive about spammers and hackers! I have my blog set up so I have to approve every comment which I was hoping would keep spammers at bay and Askimet picks up some of their comments too.

I now know how to blacklist them too though, so thanks again. I’ve also installed the Limit Login Attempts plugin straight away!

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63 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Hi Tim,

Well you are very welcome.

Don’t worry Tim, you weren’t the only one. I was that way myself because, knock on wood, it’s never happened to me either. The more I heard how some of my friends blogs were compromised, the more it made me understand I would be stupid to not put some of this in place. I mean as soon as I learn something I implement it so I guess I’ve been doing the right things.

I use to us Akismet but with GASP, all those spammers never even show up on your blog. You don’t have to empty out your spam folder everyday because they never even get through to your site. That’s what I love about what Andy’s done with this.

As you notice, the Limit Login Attempts plug-in has really caught a lot of people who are eager to hack into my blog. I’m just thankful that I’m aware of it and can take other measures now.

Thanks for your comment Tim and you enjoy your day okay!

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64 Pauline
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Hi Adrienne
Enjoyed your video :) thanks for some great tips on how to block those darn spammers!
I am going to install the Limit Login Attempts Plugin which I did not know about (there are sooo many plugins out there I am glad you are sharing some of the best ones with your readers!) and I shall look into my cpanel with Hostgator to add those IP addresses.
Have a great weekend Adrienne
Pauline

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65 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Hi Pauline,

Thank you, so glad you enjoyed this video and it was helpful. Sounds like you learned something new today.

I really think this plug-in has helped me Pauline because it gives me the opportunity to take it a step further and block them through my cPanel. At least I know I’m doing all I can.

Glad this was helpful and you enjoy your weekend okay!

~Adrienne

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66 Anton Koekemoer June 1, 2012 at 4:23 AM

Awesome video – Explains everything perfectly. And it’s a great way to easily deal with those spammy people / bots that keep on returning and spamming your website.

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67 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Thank you Anton and welcome to my blog. Glad you enjoyed the video.

We do what we can to rid ourselves of spammers but I know we’ll never see the end of them. They know that someone will let them in eventually. Oh well, such is life.

Hey, enjoy your day okay! Thanks again!
:-)

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68 Tom Bradley June 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Neat!

I had a friend who just lost his blog to a predator. I’ll be sure and forward to him!

Do you hold all your comments for moderation?

Tom

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69 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Thanks Tom and I’m sorry about your friend. I hate hearing that’s happened to anyone, especially if they are friends of yours.

No, I’ll hold all comments the first two times and then after that they’re automatically approved. Some people say to let them all go through but it’s my blog and I’m not letting spammers through period. I have commenting rules so if they can’t abide by those rules, their comments doesn’t get approved.

Thanks Tom!

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70 Annie Andre
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Adrienne,
this seriously blew my mind. I just installed the Limited login. I can’t believe how many attempts you had from people trying to login. WOW.. I have a kind of stalker and i’ve been wishing i could block him from accessing my site. Now I can.

Thanks Adrienne, this is good good stuff

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71 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I know Annie can you imagine? I’ve heard horror stories from some of my friends so I installed the plug-ins that were suggested for security and this was one of them. Sure glad I did.

Well, if you blacklist that stalker he/she will now go straight to spam and you never even have to read their comments anymore. That’s what I love about this feature.

Thanks Annie and I’m so excited about your TV program. I can’t wait!!!

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72 Carol Lynn
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

It’s simple but true, that a whole lot of site hacks happen because people have crummy usernames and passwords! Whenever I build a Wordpress site I give my clients a long lecture on the danger (stupidity???) of using the login “admin/admin”. Or their password is “password”. There are a lot of really bored 13 year old kids in the world who sit around attempting to hack into people’s sites and all they have to do is “guess” to do it.

Blocking by IP is definitely useful but I wonder if it blocks other people who may be using that IP. The problem is that spammers are usually smarter than us – go figure, the really dedicated, determined people are doing horrible things instead of great things. But for instance, spammers can change their IPs to avoid such a thing. Plus sometimes IPs are not static, and one day it’s mine and the next day it’s yours… just curious, since I have never tried this, do you ever find this blocks any good people?

Thanks for the tips. Your list of blocks is long enough to make me sweat!

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73 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I know Carol and I think in the beginning I wasn’t even aware that people cared about my site. Once I understood the reason some of these people do it I joined the smart list. Something that simple and easy can make a world of difference.

That is a concern that has been addressed as well but my thinking is if someone who is trying to hack into my blog is sharing an IP with someone who is legitimate, oh well. So far that hasn’t been an issue and I hope it never does but it’s a price I’m willing to pay. ;-)

I know that there are so many really smart people out there Carol and if they want in my site, they’ll find a way. I can only take the measures I know how to prevent that from happening but it’s never 100% guaranteed. I just keep my fingers crossed that my site is just not that important to them.

Yeah, that list is frightening so see why I’ll take those changes?

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74 Claire June 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I just installed the Limited login. I can’t believe how many attempts you had from people trying to login. Thanks that you’ve shared.

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75 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Scary isn’t it Claire? I mean my goodness. Hope you don’t have the same issues but this plug-in will definitely help with that. Since I shot that video I’ve had two more attempts. Shame on them. :-(

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76 Craig McBreen
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I need to bookmark this and go back to it. Actually I have a text file with links to many of your posts :) Great material. Anyway almost 9 months into blogging I’m all of the sudden getting spammed like crazy, so I can imagine why you’ve made some changes.

Curse those buggers!

Have a great weekend!

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Welcome to popularity Craig! They all want a piece of you now! But, there are ways to cut down on that so this definitely helps.

So happy to hear you have a text file with my posts marked. That just made me smile really big…

Thanks for sharing that and you enjoy your weekend too. I most definitely will!

~Adrienne :-)

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78 Craig McBreen
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I really do have a txt file ;)

The spammers are bad enough, but it’s hard to leave the house these days with this popularity. I mean it’s like Beatlemania all over again ;) :)

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79 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

You are too cool Craig! I’m sure it is really hard to leave the house. I mean dang… You are so funny! ;-) I love that.

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80 Colleen Kelly
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Hey Adrienne,

I have been liking all you videos. I have learned a lot. The how to ones are great!. I don’t know a lot about the spammer stuff so this is good for me. Your videos are always so friendly and fun no matter what it’s about I always learn something new! Good job Adrienne! Thanks for taking the time to help us out! ;)

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81 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hey Colleen,

Happy to hear that you enjoy my videos Colleen even if it’s something you can’t necessarily apply yourself. I enjoy doing the “how to” ones myself because to me, I’m helping someone learn something new. I do enjoy learning myself.

I appreciate you stopping by and sure hope everything is going great with you!

Have a wonderful weekend. :-)

~Adrienne

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82 Corinne Rodrigues
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Great information here as usual, Adrienne. I have just moved over to the livefyre commenting system and am wondering how robust it is to prevent spammers. So far I haven’t seen anything coming through and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it continues this way. I too found the ‘manual spammers’ tricky when I was using the WP commenting system and Comment Luv.

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I’m not familiar with how Livefyre is set up so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that none of this will be an issue for you. Just an annoying hindrance none of us ever want to deal with.

Thanks for sharing that Corrine and you enjoy your weekend okay!

~Adrienne

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84 eliza June 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

hi, i´m new to blogging so haven´t thought much about hackers as yet, i do though think it´s a dishonest attempt to get yourself out there more. thanks for your help and advice in this post

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Hi Eliza,

Welcome to my blog and to blogging in general.

I’m afraid that these are just some of the things we all have to deal with when we have a blog. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that none of this will present itself for you though. Just enjoy this experience because you’ll meet some awesome people along the way and learn a lot of really great stuff.

Enjoy!

~Adrienne

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86 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

You got it right Adrienne, as that’s how I’ve been doing it since forever as well. Hmmm… I don’t have anything more to add; how rare is that? lol

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87 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

You, lost for words! OMG this is going down in the history books! Too funny Mitch but I’m happy to hear that you’ve been doing it this way as well. Heck, it’s one of the first things I learned. Just glad I was able to help all those others that weren’t familiar that you could actually blacklist spammers through your dashboard.

Speechless or not, I always appreciate you stopping by. Thanks Mitch and enjoy your weekend.

~Adrienne

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88 Leo June 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You are a font of information as usual, Adrienne. Just goes to show how many built-in features there are in WordPress that I don’t even know about. I wanted to add that an easy way to make your password harder to break is to make it longer. The hacking difficulty goes up exponentially with each character you add, so putting your password at a minimum of 12 to 14 characters would make it too long to crack through brute force methods.

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89 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Ah thanks Leo! Happy to hear that I continue to be a wealth of information.

Absolutely and you can use a program like strong password generator to make sure of that. The more difficult it is, the better off we are.

Thanks Leo, I appreciate that and you have a wonderful weekend.

~Adrienne

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90 Bill Murney June 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Hi Adrienne

There’s some tremendous security information in that video, thanks for sharing that. The spammers really are a pain in the derriere. Although I had Askimet installed on my old blog I became sick of emptying the spam comments, it collected nearly 200,000 in 2 years.

Although I don’t have CommentLuv Premium installed, I have installed the GASP plugin on my 2 new blogs and since then I haven’t seen a spam comment, so I am very impressed with it. As for the hacking, well I suppose we all think it won’t happen to us but it’s best to take any precautions we can none the less.

While not being at the stage of blacklisting email addresses I have kept the link to your post for when I do need to take action. I have also installed the Limited Login Attempts plugin, so many thanks for the great tips Adrienne.

Bill

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91 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Hey Bill,

Thanks and I sure hope that others will see the value in learning some of this as well.

I know what you mean. When I first changed over to using GASP it cut all of my spam out. I rarely get any real “spam” only those who are here for backlinks only and don’t have the common courtesy to even read my post. Those are the ones I blacklist and I’m happy to hear you don’t receive any of that.

I hope you never need any of this information Bill but happy to hear you’ll bookmark it just in case.

Glad I could help and you enjoy your weekend. Pleasure to see you again!

~Adrienne

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92 Brian D. Hawkins
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Nice post and video Adrienne. It’s funny, I’ve been banning IP addresses through both Wordpress and cPanel and I never realized you could ban them by email address in the comment blacklist form. I’ve always worried about banning too many IP addresses because that can eventually block the wrong people but I really like the idea of blocking email addresses.

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93 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hey Brian,

Glad to hear you’ve been doing this for awhile as well.

I feel more comfortable banning IP addresses from someone who is being more dishonest then annoying. You’re right, there is that possibility of banning the wrong people but I guess in my opinion, that can’t be helped at times.

I appreciate you sharing that and I sure hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

Thanks again!

~Adrienne

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94 richard
Twitter:
June 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I used a plugin for a while to cut down on spam, but some spammers get around these plugins. But after I got SSL I noticed a pretty good drop off of spammers on my blog. I think that SSL definitely cuts down on the bots getting through.

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95 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I’m not aware of that Richard, SSL. See, I do claim to not be that tech savvy but I’m happy to hear that whatever you’ve implemented has really cut back on your spam.

Thanks for sharing that.

~Adrienne

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96 Acel Jones June 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

My Wordpress blog is very young and although I like it the flood of comments, the spams can be very annoying. I block them as well but I don’t know how some spams get through. There is no really assurance that you can protect your data online but I’ll try this really fun way to work spam-free.

Keep posting, I’ll keep reading. Thanks!
-Acel

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97 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Hi Acel,

Well welcome to blogging and to my blog as well.

The more you post, the more spam will start showing up so at least get the GASP plug-in because this will really help cut down on a lot of spam. It comes separate from the CommentLuv Premium plug-in but what Andy has done here is make it even better.

You have your human spam that is hard to get around where the bots will get caught every time. That’s the biggest difference when it comes to that and then those who are only at your place for the backlinks.

Thank for sharing this and for dropping by today. You have a wonderful rest of your weekend okay!

~Adrienne

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98 Michelle Childs June 3, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Hi Adrienne
I just popped over to your blog to make sure I had your website address correct, cos I’m writing a post, and talking about some of the amazing people that have helped me get started in blogging – and what do you know – another “gem”.
How scary to think that all those people are trying to hack your site! I’m definitely going to get that plugin and start blacklisting.
Thanks again!
Michelle

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99 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hi Michelle,

Glad to hear that you got the spelling right and it’s good to see you again. I do my best to share with my readers things I’ve learned and from time to time someone will ask a question and I’ll share that answer in a blog post. This is a topic no one really wants to have to deal with but it’s too read Michelle.

It is scary actually being able to see all those people who are trying to access my blog. I never want anyone to have to worry about this either but I’m afraid it does whether you’re aware of it or not. I’m happy to hear that you’re going to get this plug-in as well installed and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you okay!

Thanks Michelle, so glad you popped on over today.

Enjoy your week okay!

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100 Mike Beaumont
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Thanks Adrienne, this is something I will definitely be remembering. I haven’t had anyone try to hack my blog yet, but they did get at my PayPal account and email. Good thing they didn’t get anything important. PayPal was great at stopping the transactions and refunding any money they took. The emails didn’t go anywhere, the mail deamon stopped them all. Is there a way to stop blogbots that post garbage comments on your site? I have two other blogs that are infested with the damn things.

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101 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Hey Mike,

You might not be aware that they’re trying to hack your blog, I sure wasn’t until I installed this plug-in. Dang, and look how many times they’ve tried.

Wow, tried to get to your PayPal account. Now that’s just mean. So happy to hear that they didn’t get very far with that. Yey!!!

Do you have GASP installed on your blog? I believe it’s still a separate plug-in aside from the CommentLuv Premium, just probably not as advances as Andy has updated it now. But it will cut out probably about 99% of those spam bots. The email blocking will do the same thing. I’m using this mostly now for those who just want the backlinks and won’t give up.

Either way, good luck with that. They can be so annoying Mike.

You have a great week okay!

~Adrienne

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102 Morris
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Stay ahead of those spammers Adrienne! It’s an uphell battle.
Enjoy.

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103 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Amen to that Morris!!! Amen to that!

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104 Alden
Twitter:
June 3, 2012 at 10:31 PM

This may sound kind of noob, but I never thought spammers could be hackers.

I always thought spammers are bots who just spam rubbish comments.

This is a big revelation to me because I got hacked twice before. My own blog got wiped clean, down to a default wordpress template.

The hacker got into my oDesk account, and I discovered that when I had nearly half a thousand dollars missing my bank account.

It was very scary.

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105 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 4, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I don’t think that spammers are hackers Alden. I just wanted to share in this post how to blacklist spammers from your site but at the same time I had shared with Sonia why I do ban IP addresses. I certainly don’t mind doing that for hackers but spammers are just annoying.

Wow, sorry to hear you’ve been hacked twice. Dang, that’s rough my friend. And he got into your finances, that’s horrible. I have a feeling you’ve taken some major measures now to prevent that. So sorry you even had to deal with that.

I appreciate you sharing that Alden and by the way, welcome to my post. Always a pleasure to see a new face.

You have a great day okay!

~Adrienne

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106 Alden
Twitter:
June 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Yeah it was horrible! I ended up going to the police to report it cause I didn’t know what to do. The police didn’t help at all.

I managed, by sheer luck to recover all my accounts, Facebook and everything. I changed all my passwords and reformatted my computer with better security.

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107 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 4, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Wow, what a horrible experience. Sorry to hear that the police were of no help. That’s scary! Glad you got everything changed though and have better security. That shouldn’t be an issue though you know. They are the ones breaking the law!

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108 Ashvini
Twitter:
June 4, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great post once again. It is very important to block the spam comments because they really cause a lot of harm in long term in terms of ranking in Google and all.
GASP has really stopped automated spam because bots cannot click on the checkbox and enter any comment.
Other type of comments are trackbacks which are also a kind of spam. I use Simple Trackback validation to stop them from appearing. However there are comments that are entered by humans but are still spam. Your wordpress strategy to block them is useful and it stops 99% of comments .
As for hacking, I think you have told it right. Do not use “admin” as user id. It is first level of protection. Instead use any arbitrary admin name and create a strong password. One more thing is to install wordpress in own directory. The directory can be found but then still it provides some protection. I also use cloudflare free which stops a lot of hacker attempts and makes blog run very fast. Also you may check out a plugin called as BulletProof security. It is a great way to protect the .htaccess files which are prone to redirect attacks.
Last, take a backup every week. It is the best bet against any hack attack :)
All in all , your post is a complete protection guide :)

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109 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Hey Ashvini,

I agree, all my spam bot was automatically stopped once I got GASP. Andy has done a terrific job of continuing to make it even better with banning certain keyword terms people are searching for to find your blog for just the backlinks and blocking someone from pasting their automatic comment. Great measures he’s taken.

I don’t allow trackbacks anymore Ashvini, I had way too much spam there even after installing Simple Trackback validation. I just though it’s not worth it.

Thanks for sharing that and I do hope that this little lesson was helpful. I know that if people want something bad enough they’ll find a way. If you can slow them down a lot that really does help. Hopefully some of these measures will do the trick.

Appreciate your comment and you have a great week okay!

~Adrienne

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110 Allyson Stewart June 4, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Goodness, Adrienne. I can’t stand spam. I love your video, and yes, these tips help a lot! Great idea to blacklist spammers from your comments. I can only imagine how many people try to hack into your blog since you have so much traffic.

Oh my gosh, I never knew about the “Limit Login Attempts” plugin. For added security, I changed my username (as I see you have in your tutorial). I also password-protected my login page since I’m the only one who actually needs it.

Another fantastic tutorial, which I’m going to bookmark. Thanks, Adrienne!

Allyson

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111 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Welcome to the spam haters club Allyson! We all hate spam so I’m hoping these tips will help cut some of that down.

So happy to hear that this was helpful for you and that you have gone to some extra messages yourself to protect your blog.

Glad you’ve bookmarked this one and I hope you never need it again. But just in case!

Enjoy your day Allyson and thanks again.

~Adrienne

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112 Den Nicholson June 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Thanks for a great post Adrienne, spam realy is a downer for hard working bloggers, this sort of information is priceless. I was hacked a couple of years ago and the hacker even managed to get into my Bluehost account then went on to change my login details and registered email. This was a masterstroke for the hacker as everytime I changed my password he was notified by email of the new password. You just cant be too careful, there is another great wp plugin called bulletproof which protects your .htaccess file.

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113 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Thanks Den and I appreciate your kind words.

Wow, I’m so sorry that happened to you. What a nightmare that must have been. So Bluehost wasn’t able to do anything on their end about this guy? Obviously it was straightened out someway. That stuff makes me so nervous.

You’re the 2nd person who has mentioned that plug-in so I think I need to take notice. I’ve never heard of that one but will check it out.

Thanks so much.

~Adrienne

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114 Princess Shimari
Twitter:
June 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Hi Adrienne,
It is really good to know that these measure and tools are available for when they are needed. Thanks for sharing.
I am sure that many persons benefited tremendously from this post. Keep up the good work.

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115 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
June 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Hi Yvonne,

If you run into any of these issues, you know what to do now. Glad you aren’t having any of these problems at the moment.

Thanks Yvonne and enjoy the rest of your week.

~Adrienne

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116 Abhijit June 9, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I am using Login Lock Plugin to stop hackers to hack my WP site. I am using some unique IDs instead of Admin. If someone try to open the door of my blog for 5 times in a row, the plugin temporary block their access for 60mints and shoot a mail to me with hacker’s IP. Then I go to my Hostgator Cpanel and block that IP from IP deny manager. That is the process and that’s not bad….What you say ?

Thanks for sharing this,
Abhijit

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117 Adrienne
Twitter:
June 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Hi Abhijit,

It sounds like Login Lock does the same thing that Limited Login’s does. You just set it up for how many times you want them locked out and for how long. You can have an email sent to you as well and that’s when I block their IP’s. These plug-ins obviously do the same thing.

Thanks for sharing that Abhijit and thanks for stopping by.

~Adrienne

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118 Dr.Spencer Jones
Twitter:
June 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Nice video Adrienne, Even though I don’t have much comments coming, glad that I have Commentluv premium with the G.A.S.P enabled. Also didn’t knew that I can enter commentor email in the blacklist box. The limited login attemtps plugin is just superb. Never heard about it before. Will be installing it right away… Thanks for sharing… Cool tips to pretect wp blogs…

Dr.Spencer Jones

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119 Adrienne
Twitter:
June 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hey Spencer,

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it and hope it was somewhat helpful.

I LOVE GASP… Love love love it and it has really cut down on a LOT of spam for me. But you have those people you’ll run into soon I’m sure that are only on your site for link love. Stop them while you can and blacklist them from your blog. They’ll keep trying, trust me.

Yeah, limited login plug-in has been a life saver for me. I get people daily trying to hack into my blog, scary!

Glad you enjoyed these tips and enjoy your weekend now.

~Adrienne

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120 Michelle July 5, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Hi Adrienne, why do people have to be spammers and hackers, why do they feel that they can go into other people’s blogs and ruin them. It is a shame that we have to block people, but if we dont then they will destroy our blogs/website’s. Thank you for sharing this video with us, and this great article of yours.

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121 Adrienne
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July 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Hi Michelle,

Some people are just dishonest and I guess there is no way to get around that. I actually was on a webinar some time back from a former hacker and he said some people do it to grab traffic or to be connected to that person. Of course I wouldn’t have a clue about that, I still think it’s wrong.

Glad you liked this post and hope you found it helpful.

~Adrienne

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122 Julie
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July 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Pauline Bennett put up a post of her weekly visits and this one of yours was there. Missed it when first posted.

Anyways, top stuff. I did not know about being able to blacklist email addresses – and so easily as you’ve demonstrated. Just goes to show how well I have actually looked at those setting within my dashboard. I will be doing that from now on though. They seem to come in bursts, things a sort of quiet with the comment spammers at the moment.

I do have G.A.S.P and limited logins. I have started banning those IPs in my hosting panel since Lynda put up a video showing how to do that during Barry’s challenge.

Thanks Adrienne, lesson learnt here today and since it’s Friday I think I’ll take a break now and watch a movie. Geez – how times have changed! It use to be Friday night meet ups at the local. :-)

Have a wonderful relaxing weekend
Julie

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123 Adrienne
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July 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hi Julie,

Ah yes, Pauline is a doll and I sure appreciate her sharing my post.

There are so many things on our dashboard that I don’t think a lot of us actually understand Julie. I learned this one early on because I’m just nosy I guess. I have a pretty long list going.

Good for you Julie and had it not been for Linda’s video in Barry’s challenge, I wouldn’t have known about this either. See, that was a great challenge.

Hope you enjoy the movie and your weekend as well Julie. Thank you so much for stopping by.

~Adrienne :-)

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124 Joe Seals September 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Hello my Friend,

While mining your blog for gold I came across this great post. As you know I am new to this Blogging world and I think my blog is a magnet for spammy people and their comments. This video game me some good tips and information. Thanks for sharing.

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125 Adrienne
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September 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

He sure you have the GASP plug-in because that will help cut down on spam because a real person has to click the box. It stops bots in their track. Then if the same ones continue, blacklist their email address and they’ll never bother you again.

Glad this was helpful Joe.

~Adrienne

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126 Barbara Charles
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January 6, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Awesome! Doing it right now! Thanks. These spammers were driving me crazy! Very cool.
Barbara

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127 Adrienne
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January 7, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Oh good Barbara… Glad you understood this one and you go for it. Ban those suckers…

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128 Shan April 10, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Hi Adrienne

Now I know why I’m getting 3-4 spam a day, even though I use CommentLuv.

I checked out Akismet but found that I had to set up a Wordpress.com blog to get it. Seems a bit odd, so I’ve left it. Now that I’ve seen your video, I know what to do.

Thanks
Shan

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129 Adrienne
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April 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Hi Shan,

I still get spam but they are human so you can’t get around all of them. When I first installed GASP I got none but then they started getting smart and would hire people to spam you. Like that really works.

I haven’t used Akismet in years because to me it’s useless. People will get through so I’m glad you found this post helpful. Girl, I blacklist people every single day. How dare they try to spam me more then once and then hack into my blog. I was a very busy girl yesterday!

Thanks Shan and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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130 Angela McCall
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September 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

EXCELLENT VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much, Adrienne. I am bookmarking this. You have made it easier for us bloggers. BTW, Bluehost and Hostgator have similar cPanel. Even in the Security section, they have the SAME name. I think it’s BETTER to block these morons from your server because I don’t think I can put another plugin on my blog just for this.

So far I have 19 plugins and it would have been nice if I cut these just to 12 plugins, like Rob Cubbon suggested. The less plugins you have the FASTER your blog runs. But so far so good. Out of 100, being 100 the best rate, my blog runs at around 68-80%. So it could be better but I’m not complaining much.

Thank you again my sweet friend.

xoxo
Angela
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131 Adrienne
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September 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Why thank you Angela and I hate replying on plugins to do the work when it’s so darn easy to do it yourself ya know!

Most cPanels are set up the same and have the same functions so just go to the IPDeny Manager and dump those bad boys in. You have to do them one at a time but that’s okay, it doesn’t take long and they can’t come back. They’ll get a 403 error message, they won’t even get to view your blog. I love it.

Sometimes it’s not the plugins that make your blog slow but sometimes it is. I always believe though that less is best and some people are just lazy and don’t want to take these few measures but trust me, they work so to me it’s worth the time. That’s why I said on my most recent favorite plugin post that I prefer code when I can to avoid another plugin.

You are so welcome and share this one with everyone Angela. We need to stop those suckers in their tracks. Probably why I don’t get as much spam as most people. I block their ass! ;-)

~Adrienne

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132 Angela McCall
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October 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I have watched this video again. And I think I misunderstood this on my part. You know on that Settings > Discussion > Comment Blacklist — I have entered their IP address there instead of their email address. Will that be okay? Wow, I made a big booboo here. Coz I have hundreds of these spammers and I did BLOCK them from my server which I’ve done right. But not sure if I did right on the Comment Blacklist section.

Angela
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133 Adrienne
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October 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hi Angela,

Yes, it says that you can add name, URL, e-mail, or IP but just one of those. Now adding those to the blacklist will only make those commenters go to your spam folder. They may still come back and spam you again but that’s where they’ll go when you blacklist them.

Once you block their IP on your server they will NOT be able to even see your blog. They’ll be sent to a page that has a 403 error on it. Now the thing with spammers is that they can easily change their IP addresses but also if they finally realize they’re not getting through they’ll eventually stop coming by.

I don’t even blacklist them in the discussion area because I immediately copy their IP and add it to my IP Deny Manager on my server and I never have to worry about that particular spammer again. They may return in a different form but eventually they’ll get the message that it’s just not happening.

~Adrienne

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134 Angela McCall
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October 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Ah, so I just delete all their IPs there on my Comment Blacklist. IF their IPs are blacklisted in my server, I don’t see why it is necessary to do this again on our dashboard. So no need to enter their IPs on our dashboard right?

Got ya. That’s what I thought. Once they are blacklisted on my server, I don’t see why they can come back unless they’ve changed their IP.

Okay, thank you very much for making this CLEAR to me. So no need to enter their “email address” either on the Comment Blacklist on our dashboard…so long as their IPs are blacklisted in the server. Makes life easier this way. Thanks so much!

Angela
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135 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 5, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Hey Angela,

That’s right but most people won’t go and blacklist them on their server so this is the next best way although they’ll still show up as spam. I prefer to just not bother with them again since it’s really not that much of another step to take.

Right again, unless they change their IP address or are using some type of shared service that changes their IPs you won’t be seeing them again. We just have to deal with new spammers.

It does make life so much easier, I agree.

Good luck!

~Adrienne

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