Connie Norman
PortfolioWordsBlogPublicationsLinksContactceramics
Connie Norman

The Spamers found me!!

 

The last few weeks it’s been really hard to sift through all my email because of all the spam that has been attacking me from my blog.  I tried really hard to figure out how to deal with it myself, reading about CAPTCHA, looking for a program that will work for me.  But I really only confused myself.  (CAPTCHA  stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart)  So I emailed Kelly Curtis my amazing web designer for help.  She installed a CAPCHA program for me and installed a plugin for the images.  Now when you click on an image a lightbox appears, rather going to the page with a post. 

I haven’t been a fan of jumping through the CAPCHA hoops.  But I quickly got tired of sorting and deleting my mail.  I don’t get massive amounts of comments, but I really do love it when I get comments from readers who have enjoyed a post.  So I am sorry that I am making you prove your humanness.  I hope this doesn’t discourage my readers from making comments. 

If are a blogger, what have you done to combat SPAM? 

I did a google search trying to learn about CAPTCHA and I borrowed the explanation below, for more info click here.

What is CAPTCHA? Why Do I Have To Type In Those Crazy Letters?

Answer: They are called CAPTCHA, and they are a human response test.

The reason websites have CAPTCHA is spam. Those crazy letters are a way to check if the person registering or trying to comment is a real live human being as opposed to a computer program attempting to spam the site. Yes, it’s the same reason most of us have some form of spam blocker on our email.

Spam is the modern day equivalent of junk mail. But, if the spammers were in charge, the junk mail wouldn’t just be in your mailbox or tied to your doorknob. It would litter your yard, bury the car parked in your driveway, plaster every side of your house, and cover your roof.

So, next time you run up against one of those images and get a little frustrated trying to tell a Q from an O, just remember not to vent your frustration at the website. Focus it on the spammers, because they are the reason we have to squint at our screen almost every time we want to register at a new website.

4 Responses to “The Spamers found me!!”

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    Blogger has it’s own spam blocker which they installed recently, I cant remember the last time I got a spam.

  2. Connie Says:

    This is from Diane Kenney at http://dianekenney.net/. She emailed me with this information.

    Connie, see if this helps! I think your username for this program is the same as your username for WordPress.
    Good luck!
    Diane

    This is pasted in from info I received from them…

    If you have any questions or concerns about your Akismet subscription, don’t hesitate to ask: http://akismet.com/contact/

    To activate Akismet in recent versions of WordPress:

    1. Go to the Plugins tab of your WordPress wp-admin dashboard.

    2. Find the Akismet plugin. Click the Activate link if it’s not already active.

    3. Go to the Plugins / Akismet Configuration tab.

    4. Enter your API key in the box.

    5. Click the Update Options button.

    Thanks,The Akismet team.

  3. Connie Says:

    Here is what Kelly Curtis sent me in regards of the SPAM problem.

    Regarding the comment made on your SPAM post… you have a self hosted website and blogger is hosted with eblogger. Spam can get through to them too. You just got hit hard and hopefully with the recent additions you will no longer get bulk spam. What you have installed is really great at detecting SPAM and WordPress is an excellent blogging system.

    k.

  4. Patrick Says:

    Hi Connie, Askimet is a plug-in for WordPress (which I think is included now with WordPress) and I hope that’s what you have turned on now with your own API key … I don’t find I need to use Captcha with it in place, but you may have just that much more traffic, but honestly I don’t remember the last time something slipped through or stopped the wrong comment. I do turn off comment for older posts to limit my targets, but often new posts seem to attract the spam.