The scourge of spammers

And what to do about it.

Less than two weeks after launched this website, I WordPress notified me about a new reply to the site’s blog.

“Funny,” I though. “This site is obscure. Did my veiled hints about my website pay off, after all?”

Wise in the ways of the word, I’d configured WordPress to require my approval before publishing postings and when I checked, it was the first spam-bot.

“Well, not much of a hassle,” I said. “I’ll just mark it as spam.”

By the time the 5th spam message had arrived, I was fed up and pissed off. It was time to look for a solution. I searched the WordPress world for a solution and CleanTalk Anti-Spam looked promising, with many good reviews. It’s not free, but by this time I’d decided I was not prepared to spend any more of my time blocking spam-bots.

From CleanTalk’s statistics, it was also evident that I was not merely “attacked” by spammers, but the site was also probed by hack-bots looking for weaknesses and exploits giving them access to, and control over, my site.

Sure, you can choose to spend your time playing full time system admin for your site for free, but life’s too short. I for one don’t regret subscribing to CT Anti Spam for sheer peace of mind.