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How did a Spammer find my wordpress post?

  • I’m curious,
    I installed WP 3.5 on a site on a share server. This install was just going to be used for me to learn and experiment with WP. I installed WP in a folder with an name that doesn’t ref WP.

    There are no links from any web page that go to the WP page.

    Jetpack is the only plug in activated.

    I made my first test post.

    Then a few weeks later I get an email saying that there has been a comment to my post. I looked at the comment and sure enough it was a spam post for Canadian Pharmacy.

    My question is how did this spammer find my post? There are no links from anywhere to this WP post?
    Is there a security hole I need to plug?

    Thanks for your feed back

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  • In Settings -> Reading there is an option named “Site Visibility”, if it’s enabled, then probably crawlers are looking after your website.

    If the domain name is catchy, it might be also a crawler that’s looking for a guessable domains to spam at. There is also some slight chance for you to have fallen into some list of latest domain name registrations, or latest stats somewhere etc.

    WPyogi

    @wpyogi

    Forum Moderator

    Are you using Akismet – it’s the best anti-spam plugin that comes with WP – but you have to activate it. There are other additional steps you can take if you still have a problem with it activated.

    You can block bad robots/crawlers using robots.txt —- there are standard simple codes for doing this and then probably, you will not get spam from bots.

    Try to use Anti-spam plugin. It blocks spam automatically and without captcha.

    It is very easy to use: just install and it works silently for admin and for users.

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