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  • I’m using the Captcha 2.3.4 plugin from BestWebSoft to limit the spam Comments on my blog. Captcha is configured with all of the math functions and highest difficulty. However, I still get quite a fgew junk comments and wondered whether there is a better plugin or approach. Thanks.

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  • On my blog, I use :

    -> Akismet (already installed with your WordPress)
    -> Bad Behavior
    Then, create an account here and get the API key for Bad Behavior here : https://www.projecthoneypot.org/httpbl_configure.php
    -> Htaccess file like this example :

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    </IfModule>
    # END WordPress
    
    # BEGIN File Permissions
    <Files .htaccess>
      Order allow,deny
      deny from all
    </Files>
    <files wp-config.php>
      Order allow,deny
      deny from all
    </files>
    <files wp-settings.php>
      Order allow,deny
      deny from all
    </files>
    # END
    
    # BEGIN Block by Country (IP Range)
    # http://incredibill.me/htaccess-block-country-ips
    #
    # Block from CHINA (CN)
    #
    deny from 1.0.1.0/24
    deny from 1.0.2.0/23
    deny from 1.0.8.0/21
    deny from 1.0.32.0/19
    deny from 1.1.0.0/24
    deny from 1.1.2.0/23
    deny from 1.1.4.0/22
    deny from 1.1.8.0/21
    deny from 1.1.16.0/20
    deny from 1.1.32.0/19
    deny from 1.2.0.0/23
    deny from 1.2.2.0/24
    deny from 1.2.4.0/24
    deny from 1.2.5.0/24
    deny from 1.2.6.0/23
    deny from 1.2.8.0/21
    deny from 1.2.16.0/20
    deny from 1.2.32.0/19
    deny from 1.2.64.0/18
    ... ...
    # END

    You can use http://incredibill.me/htaccess-block-country-ips to extract the IP Addresses Range in function of countries 😉

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cookies-for-comments/
    Is highly effective – it blocks the spam bots that ‘bypass’ your site and post directly to your comment form URL.

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