The Stop Spammers Plugin checks comments and logins 15 different ways to block spammers.
Stop Spammers uses more than 15 different ways to detect spammers. It checks Logins, Registrations, and comments for spam users and blocks them when it finds them. Stop Spammers Eliminates 99% of spam registrations and comments. Checks all attempts to leave spam against StopForumSpam.com, Project Honeypot, BotScout, DNSBL lists such as Spamhaus.org, known spammer hosts such as Ubiquity Servers, disposable email addresses, very long email address and names, and HTTP_ACCEPT header. Checks for robots that hit your site too fast, and puts a fake comment and login screen where only spammers will find them.
The Stop Spammers Plugin now checks for spammer IPs much earlier in the comment and registration process. When it detects a spammer IP, the plugin stops WordPress from completing any further operations and an access denied message is presented to the spammer. You control the access denied message, or you can redirect the spammer to another page or website.
How the plugin works:
This plugin checks against StopForumSpam.com, Project Honeypot and BotScout to to prevent spammers from registering or making comments. The Stop Spammers plugin works by checking the IP address, email and user id of anyone who tries to register, login, or leave a comment. This effectively blocks spammers who try to register on blogs or leave spam. It checks a users credentials against up to three databases: Stop Forum Spam, Project Honeypot, and BotScout. Optionally checks against Akismet for Logins and Registrations.
Optionally the plugin will also check for disposable email addresses, check for the lack of a HTTP_ACCEPT header, and check against several DNSBL lists such as Spamhaus.org. It also checks against spammer hosts like Ubiquity-Nobis, XSServer, Balticom, Everhost, FDC, Exetel, Virpus and other servers, which are a major source of Spam Comments.
Rejects very long email addresses and very long author names since spammers can't resist putting there message everywhere. It also rejects form POST data where there is no HTTP_REFERER header, because spammers often forget to include the referring site information in their software.
The plugin will install a "Red Herring" comment form that will be invisible to normal users. Spammers will find this form and try to do their dirty deed using it. This results in the IP address being added to the deny list. This feature is turned off by default because the form might screw up your theme. Turn the option on and check your theme. If the form (a one pixel box) changes your theme presentation then turn the feature off. I highly recommend that you try this option. It stops a ton of spam.
The plugin can check how long it takes a spammer to read the comment submit form and then post the comment. If this takes less than 5 seconds, then the commenter is a spammer. A human cannot fill out email, comment, and then submit the comment in less than 5 seconds.
StopForumSpam.com limits checks to 10,000 per day for each IP so the plugin may stop validating on very busy sites. I have not seen this happen, yet. The plugin will not stop spam that has not been reported to the various databases. You will always get some comments from spammers who are not yet reported. You can help others and yourself by reporting spam. If you do not report spam, the spammer will keep hitting you. This plugin works best with Akismet. Akismet works well, but clutters the database with spam comments that need to be deleted regularly, and Akismet does not work with spammer registrations. Since Akismet does not check registrations and logins, the plugin will use the Akismet database to check these events, too.
API Keys are NOT required for the plugin to work. Stop Forum Spam does not require a key so this plugin will work immediately without a key. The API key for Stop Forum Spam is only used for reporting spam. In order to use the Project HoneyPot or BotScout spam databases you will need to register at those sites and get a free API key.
The Stop Spammers plugin keeps a count of the spammers that it has blocked and displays this on the WordPress dashboard. It also displays the last hits on email or IP and it also shows a history of the times it has made a check, showing rejections, passing emails and errors. When there is data to display there will also be a button to clear out the data. You can control the size of the list and clear the history. If a user tries to log in and passes all checks for spammers an icon appears next to the IP address. Only users you know should be allowed to login, so by clicking the icon, you can add the IP to your black list.
The Stop Spammers plugin keeps track of a number of spammer emails and IP addresses in a cache to avoid pinging databases more often than necessary. The results are saved and displayed. You can control the length of the cache list and clear it at any time. The plugin caches IP addresses that do not fail, assuming that they may be valid users. In order to prevent re-checking these IP addresses, the plugin stores the last two IP addresses that passed all tests.
On the comments moderation page, the plugin adds extra options to check comments against the various databases and to report to the Stop Forum Spam database. You will need a Stop Forum Spam API key in order to report spam/
Network MU Installation Option:
If you are running a networked WPMU system of blogs, you control this plugin from the network admin dashboard. By checking the "Networked ON" radio button, the individual blogs will not see the options page. The API keys will only have to entered in one place and the history will only appear in one place, making the plugin easier to use for administrating many blogs. The comments, however, still must be maintained from each blog. The Network radio button only appear if you have a Networked installation.
The plugin uses the WP_Http class to query the spam databases. Normally, if WordPress is working, then this class can access the databases. If, however, the system administrator has turned off the ability to open a URL, then the plugin will not work. Sometimes placing a php.ini file in the blog’s root directory with the line "allow_url_fopen=On" will solve this. There is a button that allows you check access to the StopForumSpam database from the plugin Options page. This will tell you if the host allows opening of remote URL addresses.
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.5.1
Last Updated: 2013-5-24
11 of 14 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.
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