Spam

Most, if not all of you at some point have received your fair share of spam, and i don’t mean the meat.  Now spam comes in multiple formats and delivery methods.  You’ve got your get cheap drugs spam, dietary supplement spam, pornographic spam, the “enlarge/increase ….” spam.  Something for everyone.

With the popularity of social media, spammers have just multiplied their medium.  I normally completely ignore it, but this past week, i happen to reply to a friend over twitter regarding IPhone and Google + topic.  I happened to mention the word IPhone in my tweet, and within seconds my name started popping up in mentions about winning free iphones, get a free iphone, etc.

 

The other kind of spam that has been hitting me lately is WordPress comment spam. I receive on average 5 to 6 spam comments a day. I have it setup to auto-moderate the comments, and hold them in a queue before publishing.  Its a minor inconvenience, but still.  I understand that spammers are playing the numbers ( 1 percent of 1 percent of spam is actually clicked on, so the more they send out, the better their chances.

On that topic, anyone have a good comment filtering solution for wordpress?

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Tim Voet has been in the IT industry since 1997. Tim started his career doing tech support and network administration at a large Pharma company. He then spent the next 12 years doing development, leading and managing development teams, mostly in Java, but also some PHP, and Ruby on Rails. Tim has always hands on, and loves challenges that make most people cringe. When he isn't at work, he's spending as much time as he can with his wife and 3 boys. Life can be a busy time with that many young kids. He is currently open to new consulting opportunities, please feel free to contact him with your project information tim - at - timvoet dot com

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