I've been using this plugin for years in all my worpdress installs and it still do a great job.
Current update broke our sites and had to remove the plugin
DEVELOPER: Take this plugin down! You see all the complaints and errors that it's causing
Appears that has been NO support for a year now from the looks of the support threads. It has been blowing .php errors since the release of 4.2. I used to really love this but down to one star for lack of keeping this product updated as well as followed up and resolved in support forums.
Blocks legit content, messed up https, prevents people from commenting even if whitelisted... this causes more problems than it solves.
I've used this plugin on several sites and use all 3 of the 3rd parties with it. It's been very solid for me and very reliable (I get results just as good as Akismet). However, the settings may be a bit confusing for beginners or those not familiar with WP and how spam setups work.
Works very well with only default options. I hope it will not block trusted visitors - the limit of this kind of plugins.
avh-first-defense-against-spam repeatedly added my IP as SPAM to its IP cache. I deleted the IP from the cache and tried again. First time it shows the page, second time I am blocked. It blocked me even though I was no even trying to add a comment. This is not acceptable.
Additionally it does not tell me why it blocked my IP. It does not even tell me when I'm logged in as admin. In the IP cache it should show the reason why it added an IP as SPAM. Also missing is a reverse lookup of the IP. I'm tired of doing the reverse lookup by hand.
Blocked the whole university! LOL
2 days ago I received a "Access has been blocked" message when I tried to assess my favorite blog at home.
today I got the same message when I tried to assess the blog at my office.
I think the damned plugin blocks all IP of the single biggest ISP of Taiwan.
or even worse, it blocks the whole country.
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