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  1. danbriant
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    So yer i had my blog for 3 months and it was always getting flooded by spam etc, as i dont want to allow user registrations etc.

    So i tried Akismet and sure it works fine but i mean having to clear out my spam thing can get annoying, as i sometimes get loads of spam, in those 3 months i got 12k spam comments!!

    So i decided to flick through the ip's of where these comments are coming from, i noticed it was a specific range of ip's, looked like a bot network or something
    So i ended up blocking the range (around 500 ip's) and since then i have only got 1 spam comment instead of around 1-2k in a week :)

    Add this to your .htaccess file, as i came to the conclusion that 74.x and 75.x are used by spammers.

    <Limit GET POST>
    order allow,deny
    deny from 194.8.75.
    deny from 194.8.74.
    allow from all
    </Limit>

  2. You don't need to clear out your Akismet spam, you know. It does it automatically.

    I'd also suggest Bad-Behavior, in addition to Akismet. It's my favorite spam-blocking tool, and it'll catch those IPs and do a pretty good job of NOT catching innocents who happen to be on those IP ranges :) Also, it'll ONLY allow those people to view your site, so the spammers can look and drool ;)

    IP range blocking is one of those dangerous things that is a last resort for hackers, IMO, rather than spammers.

    BTW, I like your blog. I usually am anti-yellow, but with the brown, it's mellow.

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